We took a trip to Dunbhar Square in a place called Patan, it's a beautiful old square with tonnes of impressive hindu and buddhist temples, unfortunately though it pissed down all day and the only shelter availiable was inside the temples, which of course we weren't allowed to enter because we aren't hindu, great! Plus of course what was the only thing I left behind in England, my waterproof, typical. So we thought we'd dry out over chiya tea and buffalo momos, buffalo meat was a first for me and I must say it was pretty damn good. When the rain eased off we had an explore of the square and surrounding streets where we found even more temples big and small. We have gotten used to Ryan's celebrity status here in Kathmandu with constant comments from the local men like 'hey nice muscles','I like your body', 'are you in the army', 'hey good body' and so on, so I have renamed Ryan, Mr Goodbody, I think he likes it.
We visited Swayambhunath (have tried but cannot say this one) to see the Swayambhunath Stupa a huge buddist temple at the top of what felt like a million steps, also know as the monkey temple, it definately lived up to it's name, there where monkeys everywhere it was brilliant and the view was spectacular, you could see the whole of Kathmandu from the top. After an hour or two we were both templed out there's so many here, but it's on the walk to and from the temples when you truely get to see the real sights, humongous piles of stinking rubbish where stray cows are munching through, yes I said cows they roam free around the streets here along with monkeys and dogs galore. Communal bathing in the street, people riding pushbikes with twenty or so live chickens attached by there feet to the handle bars, you don't know what you will see around the next corner it's brilliant. Every street is jam packed with people, shops, cars, bikes, animals and with no street names and no order here I really have no idea how Ryan manages to know the way around I must say it's impressive, he must have natural GPS, I would most definately be literally lost without him. With our daily quest of trying to find the cheapest food prices we came across a restaurant serving local Nepali food which apart from momos we hadn't tried yet, we had no clue what anything was on the menu, a guy called Mike from Newcastle overheard us and came to help us out as he has lived in Nepal for two years it turned out. He recommended a local dish called tass, I had chicken tass and Mr Goodbody had mutten tass, it was spicy meat with some kind of I can only describe as rice crispis but by god it was hot and blew my head right off. We had a few drinks with mike and he gave us a few tips on surviving the city, like how to tell persistant beggars to piss off which was (don't know the real spelling but sounds like) ja, we haven't used it yet.
Tonight is our last night in Kathmandu, we leave at 5am to catch our flight to Lukla (weather permitting, why did we come at the end of monsoon season?) to begin our 6 day trek to Thangaboche to view Everest, we are glad to be leaving the chaos for a while to a place with no cars or roads, we are so excited, although we've heard that Lukla airstrip is one of the shortest and most dangerous in the world, but don't tell my mum that.
anna-maria nelson mum just read that ! ha! knew there was a reason you took mr goodbody! built-in gps my god who knew! ha!xx
Maggie HI RyKa it all sounds so so different and exciting but dont like the sound of Lukla airstip make sure u update your blog or txt when you are off the airstrip and are in you new digs LOL M xxxxx
Georgina Nelson Hey Katie, I must say I'm loving this blog so far! Everything sounds bizare yet awesome, I'm so glad you're having a good time just don't let Mr goodbody grow a head as big as his muscles lol Love you! xxx
Lisa, Phil, Olivia & Dan Omg keep safe you two there have been too many scares already xxxxxx
Cav Like OMG I bet 'Mr. Goodbody's' head is swelling like a hot air balloon. As for knowing his way around, have you noticed you're walking circles around the gym? Sense of smell I bet there.... Lol. Fantastic news and glad you're all well. This is supposed to be the hottest wk (this late in the year) since '85 or something.... Might shift this cold we've all got. Hope you post plenty of snaps of Thangaboche. Sooooooooo JEALOUS!! :) Be safe folks. Lots of love, Cav, Gina & Miley Moo. xx
Tracy Foulkes Hahaha I love the Mr Goodbody shout...I laughed out loud when I seen it! Bet he's Loving that!! WOW...Its sounds AMAZING so far. Your blogs are fab...We'll have to start calling you Miss Goodwriter :) No doubt you've seen Everest by now, will most definitely be looking forward to seeing that blog. Stay safe guys. See you soon xxx Ps More piccy's PLEASE??
Stu Smith Went for a meal to ur mums last night Ry! From the description on ur blog I think I had Momos as well. Great blog Katie, could almost be there!!!!!!!