01.04.2013 - 06.04.2013 80 °F
Getting in late at night, to a city we've always dreamed of seeing, is kind of unfair, as you just don't know or understand where you are.
Waking up the first morning to THIS...is pretty cool.
The Hyatt in Kathmandu was pretty much just about the coolest hotel I've ever been in. And NOT expensive at ALL. I guess by western standard.
We spent the first few days fighting ridiculous jet lag, but enjoying this extraordinary city. We walked around, we took some rides, we saw a city SO alive. It sounds cheesy, but it's hard to explain in any other way. So many honking horns, so many colorful clothes, so much bustle and movement and poverty (but happiness), it was just really powerful to take in.
We went to one of the beautiful stupa's (a shrine), called the Monkey Temple, on an tall hill (a relative word, in Nepal) overlooking Kathmandu. (It was aptly named.)
We spent three days just taking in the city (as well as a little by the amazing pool, or else Tessa would have revolted. She made friends, too.)
I got beat at chess, but taught someone to play.
We saw some amazing sunsets, too.
We saw naan being made, which was really cool, strangely.
Oh, and did I mention that we took a flight over Mount Everest!!!!!!!
Actually, I have to say was that all seeing it made me want to do is come back for a closer look. (I've already booked tickets. Don't tell Traci...)
But seriously, how many 3 1/2 year old's get to see the Himalayas?
ON our next to last day, our great friend from Austin Vanessa Vaughan came over to Nepal to hang out with us. How amazing is that!! So we got to explore some more....
Nepal grows all of it's own produce (they import very little). It was obvious on the streets...
I have to say, we saw some of the oddest and most interesting things on the streets (or on the roadside) in Kathmandu. I'll share a few of them...
My impressions of Kathmandu? The friendliest, nicest people I've ever met, anywhere. A city that is trying very hard to better itself, but (in Kathmandu at least), which is struggling with overcrowding, pollution, and lack of decent infrastructure. But the countryside is a different story. Next trip. :-)
We said our goodbyes to VV and Nepal....
...and headed to Japan. :-)