Nepal here we are!

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My dad in front of temple and next to a Sadhu, holy man

Namaste!

After a long long flight (Amsterdam-Singapore Singapore-Kathmandu) we were picked up by the travel organization. Everything looked really professional and trustworthy! Yet we spend two days in Kathmandu. Asian "chaos"  the way I like it. Trafic (cars just drive where they want if there's no trafic, otherwhise its left hand side and cars, hikers and motorbikes just don't bump into each other, but there's n more space than centimeters...). People are extremely friendly. Just the streets sellers drive you crazy, but that's something I was used to in Africa.

The first day we were exhausted from traveling so we only spend a few hours outside in Thamel, shopping area/centre of Kathmandu.

Me at the monkey temple.
There is too much choice of arts, clothes and what ever you like to buy. By 8pm we were sleeping. The hotel, Norbu Linka is simple but neat and that's perfect for now. At six trafic and street life woke us up. But for me it was too early. Closed my eyes again and went back to sleep. Two hours later time for breakfast.
This morning we went to Durbar Square, temple area of Kathmandu. Today was the last day of a festival and the only living god-dess of the Budhisme religion, Kumari, was coming out of her temple. She only does this a few times a year. She's about 11 years old. It was amazing to see all the crowd and this spectacle.
Later we went to the monkey temple, Swoyambhu, with a beautiful view over Kathmandu valley. Taking a taxi and riksja is a great way to experience Nepali trafic. I just love it!
By the way, here in Kathmandu the government shuts down the electricity every day at set times for hours...

Tomorrow morning (Saturday 20th of September) we have to leave the hotel at 5 am. We fly 6 am to Lukla where the trekking can begin!!!! Yeah!!! We're ready for it!!!
I hope I can write something when I'm Sunday in Namche Bazar, but I'm not sure it's possible...

I'm trying to upload some pictures now. I don't know if it's working yet. I'm using an old computer from the hotel...

Sorry, it took me 25 minutes for two pictures... So there won't be more pictures for now. It's 10 pm and I wanna go to bed... Have to get up toooooo early. Hopt to publish more pictures soon!

Globevoyager says:
Amsterdam-Singapore-Kathmandu was the cheapest flight we could book at that time... So that's the reason
Posted on: May 17, 2009
liquidsword says:
i wonder why you have to go all the way to singapore to come nepal... wouldn't it be nice if you take via gulf countires or india. if you don't have direct flight.....
Posted on: May 17, 2009
ctjevans says:
Kathmandu sounds like an interesting place to visit - maybe I should plan to go there sometime this year while I'm staying in China (if I can find a reasonable airfare). did you stay in a hostel? if so, how was it and how much did it cost? have a fun trip!
Posted on: Sep 19, 2008
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