Kathmandu Area

Trip Start Sep 20, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

I hope everyone had a good new year.  It's taken a while but I've finally updated my blog.  Thank you for following my blog and for your postings. I love the comments and wish I could reply to each of them.
I arrived in Kathmandu on November 3.  I remember feeling a level of excitement and anticipation that I don't normally feel.  

Kathmandu was everything that people say it is.  The crowds, the pollution, the chaos, and the noise are all very real and constant.  On the way from the airport to the hotel I was wondering what I was getting into.  No matter how prepared you think you are, it's still an intense culture shock when you first arrive. I don't think I've ever had that "what am I doing here" feeling before. 

Fortunately, that feeling went away after checking into my hostel and going for a short walk

One thing that struck me was how poor the country is and how hard working the people are. Everything is done by hand or carried by hand.  I took pictures of people carrying wet concrete at a construction site because there is no machinery to pump the concrete.

In the mountains, porters carry loads that sometimes reach 50kg (110 pounds) on their backs, walking uphill and at altitude.  Porters earn about 10 to 15 USD per day.  Now that is a hard work for not much pay.

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