September 27, 2011

james the explorer

Monday afternoon I arrived safely in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the first part of my trip that I have kind of been travelling by myself. When I arrived in India, Stew came to pick me up, so I didn’t have to worry about getting myself around. This was a different case in Nepal. I don’t really know anyone here, so I had to get myself around. I hadn’t applied for a Nepali visa prior to leaving, I knew I could get one upon arrival. I was still anxitous about it though. I don’t know why, in retrospect everything went perfectly fine. Then I went and got a taxi to take me to my Hotel. Upon arriving at the hotel I told them I had already booked a room. They told me that all of their rooms where full. I was very confused by this. So I pulled out my email confirmation and showed it to them, then magically they had a room. I still don’t understand. For dinner I made a new friend and we went out for pizza. Trying to learn where things are in a new city at night, is difficult. For an hour I just kept walking around trying to get lost so that I could figure out how to get back to my hotel. It’s usually the best way to get familiar with a new city.

Tuesday was my first real day to wander around the city. I walked to Swayambhunath Stupa Temple, which is also called Monkey Temple. Someone explained it to me as a “Dynasty of Monkeys” that live there. I was excited to bring bananas to the dynasty and be declared their ruler! In reality, I was told to not bring any food with me as they would attack. After climbing what felt like a million steps, I reached the top and I still hadn’t seen any monkeys. I was very disappointed. As I continued walking around taking in all of the site, I found the monkeys. They didn’t accept me as their ruler, but we definitely shared a moment.


Originally posted to james the explorer