Men Don't Ask Information

Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Monday, August 22, 2011

I think it all started somewhere in the cavemen years when the men went exploring and hunting while the women stayes home taking care of everything else. Finding the way is our job and we don't want anyone to tell us "I told you so" when we get lost. So today when I refused to get an expensive private car to the main sites of Kathmandu I simply got my map and went for it. No rickshaw drivers (we would have both died halfway considering the pollution of this place), no taxi drivers asking 3 times as much, no. Use the feet!

When I got lost (of course, how could I avoid such a thing regardless of my being a man) I was forced to ask nothing less than a Nepalese woman. And she confirmed that it was just around the corner, so technically I didn't get lost, it was my genetic memory looking for buffalos to hunt or stuff like that. Anyway I am very proud to announce that I made it by food and alone to the beautiful Swayambhu, one of the worldwide treasures of humanity. Woo. After yet another set of stairs (just what I needed) I finally reached the top and what a sight! Religious music playing all over the hill, which is comprised of the main stupa and its iconic eyes the thousands of votive items, the statues of Buddha, an orgy of colours, smells and spirituality.

There were so many beautiful things that I spent several hours taking pictures, breathing the incense-filled air, observing the local pilgrims doing their happy and fulfilled. And let's not forget the true owners of the place, monkeys! Little rascals ready to steal your food or anything that looks like it. On the way back (by foot again, hell yeah to manhood) I decided that I wasn't tired enough and went to Durbar Square.

I actually had been there right after arriving to Nepal but I was so tired that I couldn't give any sense to what I was seeing. The fact that it was packed with masses of people didn't help either. I loved how the locals sit on the top of the temples and simply relax just as we Italians do on a Sunday afternoon in our piazzas.

Again great atmosphere and the chance to observe the people from a great distance without being seen; not that it matters anyway, just a few touts all over Kathmandu compared to my previous stops. So happy to be here. Tomorrow I'll try to calm down and explain what I'm seeing and doing, I still feel a bit of a mess but improving quickly. To anyone reading this: come to Nepal, I have seen just a fraction of it and absolutely LOVE it already. Hugs to all of my friends and my family.
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