Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nepal Days 1-3

So, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have noticed that I was in Nepal for a little bit.

Nepal rocked. We loved Nepal.

We were only there for 5 days, but it was an incredible 5 days. If you've never been, you need to start saving your pennies. It is worth it!

We spent the majority of our time in Kathmandu, particularly Thamel. Thamel is a crazy market full of everything from ceremonial masks to pretty good fake outdoor gear. It is the hipster-ish place this world has ever seen. And I was offered weed more times in one day than I have in my entire life.

After we arrived we thought we were going to Budnath Stupa, but ended up at the Monkey Temple instead. This was a common theme on our trip, we would ask the taxi driver to take us to one place, and end up in another. It made the trip very interesting.

The monkey temple was incredible. I mean, a TON of stairs. But incredible. There were actual monkeys everywhere, and the sun was setting just as we reached the top. Take a look at all the beauty.

We finished the night by eating some truly amazing food (thank you rosemary parmesan chicken pasta!) and hitting the hay.

Day two was a lot of walking around Thamel and then we actually made it to Budnath Stupa, which is where Buddha's bones are buried and a very religious place. It was beautiful and had a very spiritual feel to it. Even though it was surrounded by market stalls, people walked in circles around the temple and repeated their meditations, Tibetan prayer flags fluttered in the wind. Chants were happening on one side of the building. I'll let you take a look at some pictures of that:

Stephen getting his shoes fixed.
Because eating in 3D is so much better than 2D

Budnath Stupa

Just a cool building

Where we had dinner (we didn't eat in the bird cage. That would be weird)
We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. It was... well we tried to get burgers, and it wasn't great. But others who had been loved it.

Before going to Budnath Stupa, Stephen and I walked down to the world headquarters of Sherpa, Stephen's favorite store. The art on the streets in Kathmandu was pretty awesome.

The next day we tried to meet up with friends at the White Monastery. Turns out, there are two white monasteries, so we ended up at the wrong one. We went to an actual Buddhist monastery, where monks were living and learning. It was a beautiful and peace place. Even if it wasn't the right place.

We got directions from the head monk (who was very kind) and went to Budnath Stupa again for lunch. And to buy Stephen a backpack. I used my awesome (and I mean rarely used) haggling skills to get it for a pretty good deal.

Afterwards we decided to head to the Dubar Square. It is an ancient part of the city that is blocked off from cars that you can just walk through. As we arrived, it started to rain. And we found out it cost a whole lot just to get into the square. So we walked around the perimeter and enjoyed the markets surrounding the area instead.

Stephen with some guys. I'm not sure what they do....

We finished off the day with some good food and watching some World Cup action. For some reason Nepal was big on Germany winning. Which was cool, except Stephen is a die hard France fan (too bad for him, right? Nepal totally picked the winning team.)

Stay tuned for our incredible trek through the mountains!

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