Kathmandu is noisy, polluted, chaotic and also has a really big heart.
I loved the depth of the temples and people reverence for them. The “living goddess” is a trip – a young girl gets to be selected as the “living goddess” until her 1st period – stays in a special temple.
My favorite was Boudhanath – the Buddhist “respect” center. My heart just opened as soon as we entered the area. We ate lunch there. I ate a lot of grilled chicken.
We went to an artist place and got a really beautiful “thanka” painting by an artist who had 20 years experience. They showed us paintings by beginners, 5 years, 10 year etc people and you can really feel the difference. I want to sleep with my thanka.
Then we went to the singing bowl place – I was totally freaking out by the crazy honking, lack of sidewalks and drivers ready to run you over in the tiny streets the size of on lane with 2 way traffic – yikes – then we started playing with the singing bowls and ofcourse I was enchanted.
We bought a really cool bowl that I also want to sleep with.
Then we showered off the pollution (you get dirty fast in this town) and had more Thai food. A german lady collapsed next to our table – she seemed to recover ok. It is a dizzying city.