Kathmandu - Leanna Immel and the Monkey Temple of Doom
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Although we absolutely cherish Hotel Utse, our first night's sleep was a little rough and included the following:
1. waking up at 3:00 am to put on bug spray after getting several bites on exposed areas!
2. a bar down the street blasting American hip-hop
3. cars honking (no surprise here)
4. dogs barking
5. people yelling
6. the loudest pigeon we've ever come across (and Larry trying to establish male dominance so it might leave, "Listen pigeons...!")
I guess this is why we brough ear plugs.
After a yummy Utse breakfast, nice and early, we headed out through the city. First we wanted to meet up with a travel agent we had been in contact with, Mr. Razzu of Samsara Journeys (a branch of Device Tours & Travels).
However, because of the petrol strike, none of the taxis were running. We decided the best thing to do was to hit up the areas that were within walking distance, and save the farther destinations when we could get a car. First was Durbar Square. There wasn't much here that interested us, except when we scaled a small temple and sat above the square, watching the foot traffic go by. We decided to hail a rickshaw to take us to our next destination, The Monkey Temple. The Monkey Temple has a beautiful Nepali name, but for the sake of my spell check, we'll just keep it simple. The rickshaw ride there was, lets say, unique.
Numerous pictures and stories later, we bid farewell to our guide and made our way back down the stairs. Just as we were leaving the temple, I spotted a monkey on the outlaying fence, to which Larry's eyes seemd to light up. We followed him back to the gateway to see several more, sitting on Buddha statues and climbing walls. After about 20 minutes, we decided that was enough monkeying around (get it?), we started our walk back.
Luckily for me, Larry is a master of directions. It only took us 3 hours to make the 45 minute walk home. We had a good night's sleep that night....