Unlike on previous trips to Nepal, we decided to stay an extra day at the end, to come down from the emotional and mental high of the trip. You see, life is stripped down to a very bare and simple rhythm, when you trek: Get up; Eat breakfast; Walk; Eat lunch; Walk; Arrive; Drink something hot; Nap; Explore; Eat dinner; Sleep. It’s almost the life of a tiger, it’s great – I understand they live a pretty simple life, too. Now, for full disclosure, as I have been pretty enthusiastic about this trip and since this is the last day of the trip, I thought, today I might as well go all out…a “himalayan-all-out-enthusiasm-extravanaganza”, although limited to Kathmandu, the Nepali capital.As you have seen in the previous entry, it had been raining in Kathmandu and thus the dirt roads cris-crossing the city had become muddy and slippery.
When we are traveling in cities, I always like it when I see graffities. Graffities give a quick sense of the city and its citizens. Due to the narrow streets in Kathmandu, if one wants to go about town, one walks, rides the bike of one takes a rickshaw.
Yes, so this might be perceived as one of these instances, where my enthusiasm comes through a bit strong, because – why show four pictures of rickshaw riders. And the answer is twofold. Firstly, because rickshaws are a very uncommon sight for westerners in their local habitats. Secondly, because it is three different rickshaw riders at three different times of the day.
But not all of Kathmandu is busy at all times of the day. In fact, unlike Bangkok, Kathmandu sleeps at night. The mornings are a great time of the day until about 10:00, when the streets get more lively. However, if you are a dog, you just can’t be bothered. These three dogs demonstrate perfectly the three levels of not caring – Sleeping through it all (why bother at all), snoozing through it with one eye open (why bother) and the semi-interested glance (before going back to sleep).
And that closes the last day of our trek.
Cheers and Stay Sharp