First Friday in Kathmandu

It’s been a week since we arrived in Nepal, and it has felt like we entered into a time warp. At some moments, it feels like we’ve just been here a day and at others it feels like it has been much longer than seven days. When we arrived, it was overcast and it remained that way all week with periodic deluges from the heavens. We did after all arrive in the midst of monsoon season, but this is how our day ended:

Kathmandu Sunset August 2, 2013

Kathmandu Sunset August 2, 2013

The view above is from the apartment rooftop of one of our colleagues at the Lincoln School where we will be teaching. We were only offered brief glimpses of the blue sky throughout the week. Most hours were dominated by the low hanging clouds that obscured even the foothills around the city. It will be weeks before the weather clears and we will be able to see the high peaks of the Himalaya from the valley. Our week was spent settling in and taking care of the mundane tasks of unpacking our personal effects and purchasing the essential items we needed that constitute a basically functioning household. Every excursion to procure what we needed has been an adventure in itself. Traffic here is almost beyond description, and I’ll devote time to explaining that later, when I understand how to describe it, for now:

Kathmandu Afternoon Traffic

Kathmandu Afternoon Traffic

Kathmandu Monsoon Traffic July 2013

Kathmandu Monsoon Traffic July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are enamored with Nepal after a week. There is much that we have to adjust to, but that process has begun. The people are wonderful. Although the traffic appears insanely chaotic, drivers and pedestrians are remarkably civil, smiling at one another as they take turns circumventing the holy bovines that wander the streets of the city and choose to nap in the middle of bridges, more to come on that theme.

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4 thoughts on “First Friday in Kathmandu

  1. Nancy vH

    Monsoon is right! Don’t they have storm drains? OMG I’m glad you’re not driving yourself.

    • douglasvonhollen

      Actually, that’s part of the problem with rain, no storm drain system, per se.

    • Bill S.

      Fascinating. Closest I came to anything like your experience was my first time in the Far East when I was 18. The hole in the floor which served as the toilet and watching the men on the street turn to a building, whip it out to relieve themselves. Enjoy the rice. Let me know if you need any rice recipes..

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