[The YMCA continues to be our home as it becomes increasingly obvious that Asian Greyhound have never sent tickets for our return home – paid for the previous September. But eccentric ballerina’s, a clothes sale and Whisky Galore keep up our spirits.]
TUESDAY 4TH JANUARY, 1977
“We were joined at breakfast by one of the “witches”!! (Two bony women with scraped back black hair, pencilled eyebrows and tight-skinned, gaunt faces, who sit in garden too – Nikki calls them the witches). She was Aussie with cultivated English accent; loved London and the Arts (!) – a ballerina also feeling “the call of India”. Runs her own company and has a theatre room in the Sydney Opera House! Very easy to talk to but we can imagine a Prima Dona.
Into B.A – Nikki got telegram – her parents in touch with Asian Greyhound – said sent ticket on 20th Dec! (Supposed to be in Kathmandu by 14th!) She sent another saying to buy ticket as desperate. Went to GPO – no tickets.
Read! Bored silly again. Went into B.A in evening. Nothing. (No shops open but had found chemist, so washed hair in afternoon for something to do!) Sale still on – succumbed to temptation and tried on half of garments! Had great time tossing clothes all over the place! (Bought 2 tops again).
Waiters in a bad mood tonight – ours was rude and refused to change a note for us, as well as ignoring us and serving us last! Bed early – reading “Whisky Galore” now!”