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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu May 4th 2015

Sos halted a taxi and we both jumped in and it was off to the Monkey Temple. I had asked what was the most popular thing to see in Kathmandu other than Thamel and this was it. By the time we got there it was around 4:30 and all the vendors were packing up to leave. Right away I spotted a monkey in the street and when we got to the entrance they were sitting on the buildings, the stairs, etc...many of them just running around and not bothering anyone. I had to pay $2 to get in because I am a tourist and the people from Nepal get in free. When we walked in I noticed right away the prayer flags hanging in the air above the temple. Nepal is famous for pictures with the ... read more
view from stairs
walking in

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 1st 2015

Today was Anzac day, a day to remember but not for the usual reason. Had just moved from my tour hotel & checked into same B&B in Tamel as Dee & Ian at about 11 am. We were all on the third floor when, about noon, the whole building began to violently shake & sway. It was obviously an earthquake & we took to the outside stairs. It seemed to take forever to get down as the effect was like holding your feet in a heavy swell. It would have to be the scariest experience of my life. Not sure how long it lasted but I guess about 30 sec. A 6 story hotel 2 doors down from our B&B had almost instantly collapsed. People were known to be inside & locals were frantically scratching away ... read more
Typical wiring before quake
Hotel next door
Taxi in middle of road

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 30th 2015

The plane landed in Nepal 3 hours late and we had to stay out on the runway for an extra 20 minutes for who knows why! We finally got off the plane and into the airport where there was a huge mass of people all waiting to get temporary visas. This just meant, you are not getting in until you pay them some money! I had to get in line and wait for another 1 1/2 hours only to be told I needed to have a picture with me for the visa. In the back of the room is a place to get your picture taken and I was sent there. My luggage is waiting somewhere for me because I bought a huge suitcase in Krabi, to bring to Kathmandu, so I could buy clothes. This ... read more
view from my hotel
hotel view

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 24th 2015

Today was the last day of our memorable time in Tibet. Left hotel early for short drive to the border so we could be near the front of the line for when Chinese immigration and customs opens at 10 am (closed overnight from 5 pm). After completing formalities we transferred our gear to a truck while we walked across the Friendship Bridge to clear Nepal’s customs and immigration. The whole process took over 2 hrs. While incredibly complicated for us it is far worse for trucks. 100's line up each side & neither are allowed to cross into the other country & all goods have to be transferred to waiting trucks on the other side. The road on the Nepal side is almost undrivable as we have a small walk through an arcade of traders to ... read more
Walk from bridge to bus.
Wheat Terraces
Final Group dinner

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 18th 2015

Hi Everyone, We celebrated my birthday with brownies for dinner. Michael and Doris, tried to get a birthday cake and were going to have Bibienne written on it but went for brownies. Michael being your typical guy ate everyones leftovers and also had to try the local food, mo mo's, very similar to Chinese dumplings, flavor was cheese and potatoes. There were about 10 on the plate so we all had one to taste, quite bland but ok. Mr Guan then said time for bed, up at 6, breakfast at 6.30 trekking at 7. We were woken the next day and given our bowl of hot water for washing. Had breakfast then due to rain waited for the weather to clear a little. headed off around 8am. The morning walk was tough but not to bad, ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 17th 2015

Hi Followers, I will go back in time and continue on from the night before. The other members of our group are Michael from Sydney (23yo) Doris from Canada about 25, Claudia from USA California but originally Mexico, Nat and myself. We had to be ready to leave the hotel by 6.15am for our flight to Lukla. We were all a bit apprehensive as Lukla is one of the 10 worst airports in the world. The runway is about 300mts long with a brick wall at the end, I guess just incase the brakes don't work. As we were getting in the plane Mr Guan tapped me on the shoulder and said left side so Michael who was right behind me and I sat on the left. Take off was fine, below was green hills homes ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 15th 2015

Hi all, not had much luck with the internet, here's the latest. I'm back in Kathmandu, had to be evacuated by helicopter from Namche Bazaar with bad altitude sickness. Resting up for a couple of days, have to check in with the Doctor to get the all clear. Will have to take a helicopter flight to view Everest, (not going without seeing it) then maybe off to Chitwan to catch a rhinoceros or two.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple April 13th 2015

Today was the start of our tour group with a half day tour around some of the historical sites around Kathmandu. Not a good start to the day with light rain falling & then found i'd left my camera in the room. Then we found our guide for the day was difficult to understand so I tended to turn off listening. First stop was Pashupatinatinath site including a sacred temple for both Hindus & buddhists. As it is based alongside the Bagmati river it is also the main site for funeral services with 3 funerals occurring including one funeral pyre well alight. All the while monkeys are running amock & so called holy men posing for photos for a small fee. No photos as I left camera in room but still not sure what to make ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 11th 2015

Namaste & greetings from Kathmandu! After 17 hr overnight flights by Malaysian Airlines (yes!) I arrived early afternoon next day. Meet Dee & Ian & we taxied to Boudha Stupa before heading to the tourist area of Thamel for dinner. I expected pollution and a chaotic atmosphere and the first was worse than expected while the latter absorbing. The streets of the old town (Thamel) are narrow without footpaths & barely room for one lane of traffic and constant 'toot tooting' from mostly motor bike drivers. Every available inch in ground floor buildings, alley ways or any empty surface is filled with sellers, trading vegetables, dried everything, fish, fresh meat, shoes, material and clothing. As I will be back and forwards to Kathmandu over the next 5 weeks it was back to the hotel for an ... read more
Butcher Bhaktapur
Water well for washing Bhaktpur
5 Story Temple Durbar Sq Bhaktapur

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 11th 2015

Well how about that, I got a connection. Just spent the best part of 2 hours packing and repacking to get my weight right. Had to purchase shoe cramps because of blue ice. Blue ice, black ice and yellow snow, who would have thought life was so colourful? Did a tour of Kathmandu today, saw a Hindu funneral which was very interesting. Also found out that on a lot of Hindu temples on the lower part of the roof struts there are erotic carvings to calm the thunder and lightning gods. Had dinner with Mr Guan, he's our guide for the trek. The dogs have stopped barking now so will try and get some sleep. Big day tomorrow!!!!!!... read more

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