Anyways, during these 2 weeks, I have had a chance to see many of the sites in Kathmandu and its surrounding valley. I did not have terribly memorable experiences, yet, or exciting adventures but I did enjoy the scenery, people, sounds and most of the time, smells. Just some initial impressions....
The Nepali people and culture at least here in Kathmandu seem to be influenced by India more than any other country, imho. They women wear salwar kameezs, they are predominately Hindu, just about every restaurant has Indian food on their menu even if they are called La Dolce Vita and a lot of the imported products are from India. Things might change as we head to the Annapurna area and Pokhara. I've read that the folks there are originally from the high plains of Tibet.
There are a lot of tourists here in Kathmandu. Doesn't help that we are staying in Thamel, the backpackers' area of the city. It's nice in a way...the variety of food and restaurants are great. We've met a lot of other fellow backpackers. But it's really busy, crowded, noisy and touristy. But did I already write, I am ready for some trekking.
Here, however, are some of my favorite pics with some explanation:
School girls on the way to school.
Colorfully dressed locals in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley from the Monkey Temple
Local woman in Bhakatapur taking a nap amongst pottery.
A temple of Newari-style in Bhakatapur.
Kids just hanging out in Bhakatapur.
School girls on the way home from school.
There are definitely a lot of good photos...check out the album below: