There was a day when there wasn't any electricity for hours between 9am to 5pm. Didn't affect much because half of us were out in the mountains. When the electricity came back into town the next day, the espresso machines resumed their functions.
It was a rainy day and a time to rest. I had my books to read and a notebook to fill in. The silly girlfriend decided to relive her barista-days and went to play with the coffee machine at Puppet Restaurant (木偶之家). Not too bad an attempt. Hehehe. But I prefer the restaurant's usual cup of long black.
Located in Old Town, and right next to Indian/Nepalese/Tibetan restaurant Bhaskar, the Puppet is a cosy restaurant doing western and local menus. At the same time, Puppet is also an inn offering clean bunk beds and rooms upstairs to travelers on a budget. Nothing fancy, but clean, airy and bright. You don't need fancy when the town's electricity grids and sewage issues can't keep up. I appreciate Puppet's fast-enough wifi. Ahhh....with no VPN hor. The Great Firewall seems to have upped its game. It has been playing ball and kicked me out every other time I try to access stuff.
Puppet's few versions of fried rice are pretty good. I suppose the menu changes along to what the chefs could cook. Yak burgers are quite the norm here, along with spaghetti bolognese using yak meat. Plenty of surprisingly crisp thin pizzas. I love its homebaked granola too. Delicious with loads of nuts and all thrown in, crunchy and not too chewy, and not just filled with dried fruit.