Kathmandu

Before getting into Nepal, Xiker and I hadn’t really talked about what we’d do there. I hadn’t even had a chance to look into the Lonely Planet Nepal book we’d been carting all around India, and had no idea what there was to do, besides go trekking, rafting, canyoning. What to do, where to start?

But once we got to Kathmandu, all the harried feelings we’d often felt in India flew away.

Time runs much slower here in Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu, and we feel no need to dash off to the next destination. We have friends we enjoy spending time with, and visas for 90 days for a country much, much smaller than India, so what’s the rush?

We’ve been on the go for three solid months in a hectic country like India, and now that we’re in a new country, with new types of adventures on the horizon, it’s good to cut loose for a few days. Unwind, recharge. Fatten up with delicious pastries and sugar-loaded coffee. Take a vacation from traveling, in short. That’s what we’ve been telling each other, at least, through stuffed mouths.

In between visiting a few tourist spots in Kathmandu, we slept a lot, ate a truckload of tarts and danishes, and drank more beer in a few nights than we have in the past 3 months. We shopped a bit. Several days passed before we finally picked up the LP and tried to discuss our plans for the next two months.

Here’s what we did do:

Farmer’s market, which is actually more like an expat hangout
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Boudhanath Stupa
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everyone loves Zia
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Group photo
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Got a huge, toothless kiss on the cheek right after this photo
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Dozin’ on the job
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Cooling wax candles for evening prayers
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Zia and I routed the boys overall, 5 wins to their 1.
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Durbar Square
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Sunset at Swayambhunath
108 steps!
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And to wrap up the evening: pastries for 50% off! So, so yummy
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