At 3am the phone rings, "they won't let me on the plane". I knew the drama wasn't over.
"Let me talk to them, put the person on the phone."
"He says he doesn't want to talk to you." We that is insulting but understandable as i am radiating venom down the phone line.
"I think he wants a bribe."
"WHAT, they want you to bribe them to be allowed to leave your own country?"
45 minutes later Mero Budda is allowed to board the plane and i anxiously wait the 17 hours till he lands in Australia.
"Excuse me miss, are you waiting for someone to arrive." What tipped you off? Was it that i have been standing at the arrival gate for an hour scanning the faces of everyone who walks through?
"Yes, i am."
"Where is your friend coming from?"
"My husband was on the flight from Guangzhou. Why do you have his passport? What is the problem?"
"Oh Nepali people never get visitor visas, so we thought we better check."
"Well the visa was awarded and we have had a lot of problems with the Immigration Department so if there is some problem..."
"No it is fine, we will send him out in a minute."
10 minutes later Mero Budda saunters through the gate, smiling like he hasn't got a care in the world.