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Travel Blog-Day 2

This is a blog about my 36-day trip through Nepal, India, and a little bit of China.  I’ll make one post weekly until it’s all finished.

Day 2: Kathmandu

I realize it is impossible for my 6-year-old son to come here.  He’d be killed within an hour by the traffic.  Unless you have seen traffic in India or Nepal, it is hard to describe.  There are no rules, no mercy, nothing.  It is way worse than the Middle East.  It’s pretty bad there, here’s it’s murderous.

Today was the first I experienced full out monsoon on this trip.   I tried to go to Swayambodnath.  It’s very easy to walk there.  After getting to the point where you cross the Bagmati River and climb to the small temple before the last kilometer to Swayambodnath, what had been drizzle turned into a downpour.  Spent an hour sitting in a doorway, a cab finally passed by.

Earlier I had changed rooms from Annapurna Lodge on Freak Street to the Budget Hotel, Hari Shresti’s new hotel in Thamel.  Thamel is not my kind of place; it is a tourist trap where everything is twice the price of anywhere else in Kathmandu.  It’s almost impossible to find real Nepali anything.  But, I needed a soft bed and some quiet.  It broke the budget.  Instead of paying $5.00, I was now paying $7.00!

Getting back to the monsoon.  I asked the cab driver to take me to this mall on New Road that had the best Indian restaurant ever.  I got there, went into the mall, expecting to eat and sit through the deluge.  The restaurant is no longer there.  It’s now a bank.  Very disappointing!  After walking around the mall for a bit until the deluge just became a downpour, I got a cab and went back to my room.  It poured the rest of the day and all night long.

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