Shivapuri Heights Cottages
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First days in Nepal.
We arrived in Kathmandu after dark on the 29th, after dealing with customs and getting our visas we eventually found our cab and began a short, but rather nerve wracking trip to our hotel. The roads are narrow, crowded, and littered with potholes. Dogs lie in the streets and people walk in groups, seemingly oblivious to the crowds of taxis and fast moving motorcycles. Our hotel room is small but comfortable, ...
... refugees practice their religion freely. It is a beautiful and quiet amid the chaos of Kathmandu. We saw monks praying, one of them even advancing prostrating himself on the ground.
But we had the greatest experience with Tibetan Buddhist monks in Namobuddha, a big monastery opened in 2008 that has 300 monks (men and women). We attended their afternoon ...
... with almost no barriers between us.
This Nepali hospitality extended from everyone I had encountered, made me feel so much like home. Whether in the kitchen of the teahouse or in the cattle class mini bus to Dakshinkali, I was warmly welcomed and received like a fellow Nepali. And that is the best feeling a traveller can get.
... were not allowed to use it. I was slightly concerned that this appeared to be the first option they would go for, they didn't seem to rupture the membranes first and give 2 hours to mobilise before opting for augmentation. Hmmm...slightly worried!! I proceeded to tell/remind them that women will produce natural oxytocins if the environment is right. They need to feel safe, supported and have privacy, and women delivering in this environment will ...
... sacred, cars always yielded to them. They were treated with more respect than pedestrians!
Anyway, Kirtipur. Prince met me on the street and we walked up to his house. The walk included steep hills and many steps and I was glad once we had arrived. His house was modern and beautiful. It was four floors set at the top of a hill. I removed my shoes and stepped inside, then we walked into the basement where a group of young musicians were sitting.
Prince set out ...