Bhaktapur Travel Blog› entry 8 of 11 › view all entries
We were going to bed but the beautiful sky was stunning. How long that I haven't seen wonderful scene? 5 months, yes. Since Lipe Island. A distinct line at the half of the moon has made it so wonderful even it was just a half. Fantastic moment has happened again. Not less than a thousand glitter stars above us. Seemed like it's too close but we can't even touch. Again that we had a magical moment and memory together.
We woke up around 10pm but haven't met Baba, he left to Kathmandu since an early morning. I met Bolet. He asked my email and phone number. He will come here in the next 6 months, i wish i stayed in Thailand at that time. He wanted me to write something in his notebook.
Friend and I took bus to Kathmandu. Only 15 Rupees per person. Very cheap. We sat on the roof, met Dipa's brother. Before i left Nagarkot, I went to Dipa house. Gave her a letter with email address and phone number. If she grows up and can use internet, i hope she would contact me when she wants to come to Thailand or need some help. I wanted to give her something which it's not money but i didn't have anything at that time so I gave her money but hope she will spend it with the useful stuff.
We stopped at Baktapur, live museum. If we compares with Thailand, Kathmandu might be bangkok and Baktapur might be Ayuttaya. (but before Ayuttaya was destroyed by war)
Baktapur is a middle age city designed in the 19th century. It has not yet lost its old traditions. Love an architecture which has maintained very well : Durbar square, palace of 55 windows, Golden gate (One of the most beautiful gate in the world).
In this city, people make pottery, build and decorate houses and temples. Around the Durbar Square are the antique and curio shop which have wood and stone carvings. Thangkas are a good attraction. Around there has Nyatapola (a square structure with four arches and a pyramidal roof). Nyatapola is the Nepal's tallest five roofed temple. It's a great symbolic of this city. The pottery market is very near to Nyatapola temple. You can easy find work of fine art and culture in this city. There also has the other temple which are the Dattatraya shrine, the Akash Bhairab Temple and Pujarimath which have an excellent wood work and the famous peacock window. To walk pass this town foreigners have to pay for 10$.
It's hot in Baktapur, weather has changed again. Very cold in Nagarkot but here is very hot with a lot of dirt in town as Kathmandu!!! Selling is the main career for Napaleses. Every old houses are the shops. Selling food, stuff, Ducha. That's why they called this place "Living Museum".
Finally we were back to Kathmandu, uncomfortable city which i don't like. My friend went to played Djimbe in the market, i went to find a guesthouse and will meet up at Basantapur, centerpoint of Nepaleses. I found one not far from New Road : Hotel New Raj. Not a bad room with 350 Rupees, I bargained to 250 Rupees and got this price.
Kept my backpack and went out to shop some stuff for my friends. First time that i walked alone in Kathmandu, it's not scaring at all. Even people came to talk to me all the time but if i don't want to talk, they stop. It's not dangerous for women to travel here alone but too much friendship they gave which maybe you can't take it all. They smiled every two steps, Namaste every another two.
I met my friend again and we went to sit among Nepaleses teenagers at Centerpoint in the middle of Basantapur. No other women but me. They might thought why this Nepalese woman doesn't stay at home, so i said Namaste, the confusing eyes have turned to be smiling.
We met Rio by coincident, she asked my email address and phone number. She said she'll come to Bangkok next week and would love to have dinner with me. Another friendship has happened. Said bye to Rio, the belgium people came. They had an music instrument and asked my friend want to join? My friend loved that, why not?!
Five people showed the musical and gymnastics in public, many Nepaleses came to watch. It was fun but my friend had been with just one song and we moved to Kathmandu Durba Square.