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  • Day15

    Katmandu Durbar Square Palace

    November 5, 2019 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Durbar in Nepalese means palace. So there is more than one Durbar Square. One of the things they have in common is that the buildings surrounding the squares were damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Countries from around the world have sponsored renovation projects as aid to Nepal. The buildings date back to the 16th century.Read more

  • Day23


    October 29, 2019 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Am letzten Feiertag geht's in Kathmandu noch so richtig laut zu, Kolonnen von Kleinlastern besetzt mit Musikkapellen bahnen sich ihren Weg durch die engen Gassen des Stadtteils Thamel.
    Hier in Bodanath ist's um einiges ruhiger, nur die vielen Pilger und Touristen ziehen ihre Runden um die beeindruckende Stupa.
    Ich kann mich gar nicht genug sattsehen von dieser Szenerie und lasse die vielen Eindrücke einfach auf mich einwirken.
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  • Day2


    October 15, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Let me introduce you to my partners in crime: Daniel, he just turned sixty, our guide. He works with apples. Very interesting. No kidding. Then the couple Rolf 68 years and Ruth a bit younger. They bring a bit of glamour in the group. I particularly liked Ruth directly from the very beginning. Then Rosa, she is 58, rather quiet and my room mate for a couple of nights I guess, very nice as well. Martin, he is a friend of our glamour-couple and is a regional judge. Then Hans-Peter, retired Physicians, living now in Grächen. And the eighth person is Peter, he has a drug store at the lake of Thun. All of them very friendly and we laughed a lot from the beginning.
    We arrived after a stop in Muscat, where we had coffee and some of my biscuits. The flight to Kathmandu was very short, I almost slept it through. Daniel said to hurry up for the Visa to not having to wait in line. Since we were fast and the Nepalese efficient we were quickly done and on the way to the Hotel. We had two hours for ourselves. Aaah, shower, playing cards, listening to music and podcasts, then going out for a deliciously dinner. I was im holiday right away.
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  • Day3


    December 27, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ 🌫 8 °C

    Das wichtigste hab ich in den letzten tagen ja vergessen: es gibt jetzt 24 stunden strom, rund um die uhr. Das ist eine wirklich gute neuigkeit seit ein paar monaten für alle nepales_innen... Veramtwortlich dafür ist wohl ein Energieminister, der viele große firmen, die bisher einfach den strom abgezapft und nicht bezahlt hatten, jetzt zur kasse bittet.... Also stimmte es gar nicht, dass nepal zu wenig strom für alle produzierte, sondern der grund war auch hier schlicht und einfach die korruption.
    Übrigens sind in nepal jetzt auch plastiktüten verboten... Könnte deutschland eigentlich mal nachziehen....

    Heute habn ch mich mal, wieder durchs viertel treiben lasen und ein riesiges museum entdeckt. Nicht kleckern sondern klotzen scheint mir der architektonische auftrag gewesennzu sein. Zumindest was den platz betrifft. Aber das widerum passt auch gut zum benachbarten hyatt hotel (zu beidem siehe fotos). In den einzelnen museumsräumlichkeiten waren dann aber schöne bilder und zeichnungen von künstlern aus aller welt, die details von kathmnadu wiedergeben.

    Und schließlich noch neu entdeckt: ein chinesisch-nepalesischer freundschaftsplatz mit riesigem buddha, goldfischteich und sehr friedlicher atmosphäre - ideal zum in der sonne chillen. Als ich mit meinem tablet fotos mache schaut eine gruppe von jungen tibeterinnen erstaunt zu. Ich lasse sie durch mein display schauen und sie lachen. Und heben den Daumen.😊
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  • Day20


    September 23, 2019 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Got woken up by the phone at 9 to ask if we were coming to breakfast. Lol. No thankyou.

    But alas now we were awake so we showered and got on our way - ran into Kay in the foyer - another team had to get helicopters up to Lukla. 😅😅😅
    We asked Dawa to help us get a taxi.
    450 rupees to Boudhanath Stupa.
    I could live her 10 years and not adjust to the roads.
    Literally no rules and yet no one crashes. There precision is amazing. They sit with in 1cm of the next car - but never ever hit!!
    Today is dusty as all hell. Wish we brought our buffs.
    So we arrived and it cost 400 each to enter.
    It’s bigger than I expected - we went upstairs to a rooftop place to have breakfast and get a better angle of it all.
    We watched as the prepared the Stupa. There is a big festival next month where they slaughter a lot of goats. Thrilled we will miss it.
    They were throwing orange paint onto the white round top bit, adding prayer flags and orange lei things.
    After we ate we did a full lap walk around it then headed off to the Pashupatinath temple. About a 2km walk away.
    Seriously though - so dusty!!!

    We eventually found it. Signage not good - all in script.
    We found an entrance - 1000 each to enter.
    I knew we weren’t allowed to enter the temples cause we aren’t Hindu but we could go to the river and man what an experience!!!!!!

    So along the river they do public cremations.
    We saw an old lady lying on a bunch of wood and People walking in circles around her before setting underneath her on fire.
    We watched for a while then walked over to the other side of the bridge and sat.
    About 6 people were being cremated at the one time.
    Once the fire is basically done they push what’s left into the river - people bathe in the river.

    They were setting up another wood pile - we waited a while and a horn began to blow. 100 people walked in carrying a body covered in orange.
    The woman came in at the end, they were the only ones showing grief.
    I felt fine to take photos previously because A. We were told we could and B. No one was mourning.
    As soon as I saw people mourning I stopped filming.
    There is no correct way to grieve but I thought it was a bit much.
    They were WAILING and had to be carried away.
    It seemed like an act which makes me uncomfortable. I do hope they find peace though.

    It took them ages to put the person onto the wood and start the fire.
    We had been watching for an hour before we left. I found the whole thing fascinating.
    The lady we first watched had no finished burning by the end of the hour.

    They use buckets to wash the area of ash. They need bigger buckets. Took them 100 goes.

    It’s something I probably won’t see again.

    On the side of the river we were everyone was doin their Hindu rituals. Would take a year to explain it all. No idea what they were doing but it’s complicated AF.
    They made paste, poured white water and made paints. They had foods and dyes and rice.

    Monkeys stole a lot of people’s bananas lol.

    We then got a taxi back home. We didn’t want to really explore the temples. I was in shorts and I knew we couldn’t get in most places anyway. I saw everything I wanted/needed to see.

    We had a rest then met up with George downstairs and went to dinner.
    He is such a crack pot.
    Dancing down the street.

    We went shopping with him after as he wanted to get souvenirs for his grandkids/family.
    I bought a present for nan while out.
    And might have nicked a pair of socks cause I got ripped off.. 🙃
    I bought shoes - paid 1000 then exchanged for socks but didn’t get refunded the difference so i pocketed a second pair.
    Don’t feel bad. 500 per pair is still more than they are worth. George also bought half of the shop so the store dude had a good night.
    They are yak wool. I also bought Nana a postcard of a yak just in case she didn’t know what one was lol.
    We said our goodbyes to George in the lobby - he had written us a card. I will miss him. What a wonderful man.
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