|Maju Deval in Durbar Square|
• Many of the temples are covered in all kinds of erotic art. No one really knows why. The going theories are:
o Celebrating the cycles of life
o Highlighting the roles of Shiva and Parvati in creation
o To scare off the virginal goddess of lightning.
• Major drawbacks to visiting the landmarks are the peddlers. They will follow you around for hours. I couldn’t shake them no matter how many times I said no.
• There are a lot of hippies from the West here. I think I am the only person from the West not wearing Teva sandals.
• You can pick out a Westerner very, very easily. The fact that they tend to be taller and blonder really helps.
• There are LDS humanitarian missionaries here.
• There are no addresses here in Kathmandu. The city is broken up into something like neighborhoods. For example, I tried unsuccessfully to go to church on Saturday (the Nepal holy day). Here is why I didn’t make it – the address of the church is “in Maharajgunj (the neighborhood) behind the Slipper factory off the Ring Road.” I made it to behind the slipper factory, but I couldn’t find the building after that.
• I would kill for a Diet Coke Big Gulp with lots of ice.
• My stomach is not quite used to the food here. I don’t think I caught a bug, but it isn’t going well.
• Most shopping here is done on the barter system. I am terrible at bartering. Gary is much better, so I always let him go first.
|Pradin, Me, Gary and Khem|
|Meg and Gary in Thamel|