Money and Babas
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Time passed fast, we stayed in Nepal almost one week and only in Kathmandu and only around Thamel where i don't want to step on it on my first trip. Thamel is an area where you can enjoy it till late, where the largest numbers of travelers stay, where has variety of food, books, unlimited drinks, travel agencies, shops, guesthouses, hotels, (mostly budgets), restaurants (full of nepali, thai, italian food), pubs - it's like Kaosarn Road in Thailand! I don't like it much but it's the place that we can find anything we want.
Not only those, if you need something to smoke, something more stronger than cigarette, it's easy to find here also.
Thamel at night, hardly see tourists. It's full of Nepalis and Moaists who stayed at every corners to control the tranquillity. To came back to my hotel at night was not quite safe because our hotel is almost at the end of the narrow road and no light along the way. One time I walked back alone because I forgot something. In the middle way, there had some Napali men sat in the dark, so I tried to walk fast almost run.
We haven't done anything much in Kathmandu. I can say I was lazy in this trip. (maybe too lazy) Maybe because it's my first longest holiday in my life, one month and a half without working! So it's really nice which made me really lazy.
But today we were not too lazy :) We went to Pasupatinat Temple, (the history is here http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/6978/Inside-Kathmandu-Baktapur-2 :) And I just knew now that we had to pay to get in this temple! (My first time, I went there from the back door.
When we’re inside, one man came to Ale and followed him but Ale was enjoy taking pictures so he changed to follow me. He introduced himself that he's a guide. "Madam, you can give me some money and i will share you about the history of this temple". I smiled and said "Thank you but I don't want a guide, i came here before." .. Thought he was gone but he still kept following me and said about money and tried to tell me about the history. I said "I’m ok. You don’t have to follow me. Maybe people in those groups might need you but I don't, thank you and sorry." Then said "Why not? Madam, to give me 200 rupees doesn't make you poor."
Me "Why do you think that 200 rupees don't mean anything for me? Why don't you think that I am just someone who collected her money and could spend just only 100 rupees per day???" He said "You don't look like.
Am i cruel??? :(
I don't know but if I say no, please understand that I mean no. And I don't like the way he thinks “Tourists must be rich”.?? Yeah, some are but maybe some are not. I'm not rich. 200 rupees is value for me too. Anyway, I can give that amount to the children or handicap easily if I met one but for him, if he didn't speak like that, maybe I would let him tell the story about this temple and would pay him.
I walked away before he hit me in the head. Ale was far to take some pictures. Here has the burning ghats along the river. If in front of you is the temple, on the right side is the ghat for Rich Body, on the left is for Poor Body. They make it different; for Rich people, their bodies will have a big cremation according to the religions ceremony but for Poor people, their body just be burned according to the religious ceremony but easier way.
The smell of the burning flew with the wind. Instant Karma, Born-Old-Sick-Die ... reminds you the way of life. Some tourists sat along the Bagmati river to watch them. I chose to sat opposite the bodies.
Pasupatinat is a Hindu Temple, opposite site is the Baba's place.
I walked up to the top, a lot of monkey came out. It's time to eat. There has a few guy came to feed them. I don't understand why the monkey always lives in the temple? (also cats and dogs). In Thailand too, at north, too many monkeys live there and have the same habit ; steal food from people!! I held one bag with Oreo biscuit and a big bottle of water.
I took Ale to drink Ducha, Nepal milk tea, at the same place that I've been before. The tea maker is Baba. Here, we met another Baba, Baracca Baba. He is funny and nice :) He is the second Baba who I've met in my life who didn't ask for money at all. He did something different - he bought us two Duchas. :)