Well today was our last full day in Nepal. We had a lazy morning until about 11am, when Sarah, Dad and I set off out to go shopping (Paul was at work and Jack and Asha were having a day in with Anita). We set off walking to where the handicraft shops are nearby. However, on the way we heard someone blowing a horn behind us. Dad and Sarah looked round and realised what it was, so we had to move quickly to the side. This was when i realised it was a funeral procession. At the front was the man blowing the horn, behind him were 6 men carrying the body and behind them were other mourners. The body was lying on bamboo and covered with an orange cloth, but you could see the shape of the body underneath which was very odd. I suppose with a coffin you can sort of block out the fact that there's a body in there, but with this it was really obvious and a bit intimidating. There were no women in the procession and all the men wore white which is the mourning colour here. they were off down to the river to burn the body.
eventually we passed by and arrived on the main street and looked in several of the craft-type shops, many of which were dominated by hand made paper products. We bought some gifts and had a good look round which was nice.
After a while we decided to go to Thamel which is a district in Kathmandu where more craft and clothes shops are. We were going to catch a 26 bus, but none seemed to come