Category: Kathmandu

Final Days In Nepal

Well, my days in this country are numbered, and I have mixed feelings. For about the past five weeks I’ve lived in the city of Pokhara, to the west of Kathmandu. It’s the longest I’ve spent in any one place on any trip. I did many things there – the touristy stuff: kayaking, paragliding; the less touristy: motorcycle lessons, both…

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Caught In A Time Warp

I think Kathmandu is stuck in the 90’s. Everywhere I go I hear 90’s music – Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Metallica’s black album. Also, dread-locked hippies wander around the streets of Thamel in droves. Even the weed the old dude at the raggae bar was smoking smelled like bad weed from my college days. I can see how this place would…

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Oh Yeah!

I must say that this is my favorite toilet of all time. I’ve never really liked sitting on toilets, it just kind of freaks me out. I’ve never gotten the hang of the asian squat toilet, it just seems weird to be so close to the ground, and they’re always smelly and covered in urine – yuck! However, I have…

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Bad Day To Be A Goat

Be thankful you’re not a goat and living in Nepal at this time of year. Today is Maha Astami (Great Eighth Day) and tonight is Kala Ratri (Black Night). This is the eighth day of Dasain, and the start of the sacrifices to the goddess Durga. Dasain festival celebrates the victory of Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahisasura. At…

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