Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
26Trip End Oct 03, 2009
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I got myself somewhat acquainted with the area in the afternoon i arrived. Thamel itself is tourist mecca with hundreds of shops, restaurants, tourist/travel agents, adventure companies, hotels...all amongst narrow streets that all look the same. I didn't get lost though so that's a bonus. Everyone said 'Namaste' meaning hello as i walked the streets which made me smile and i felt the positive energy....
My first full day i walked down the busy narrow streets that quite often get jammed (there are no wide, 2 lane roads really) to Durbar (meaning palace) Square which is the traditional heart of the old town and has Kathmandu's most spectacular and traditional architecture
Day two involved hiring a mountain bike and embarking on one of Tracy's original tours. My goal was to get oot of Kathmandu, the city and head to the valley for some trails and villages and scenery. I did not succeed. A guy told me to just keep going straight to get oot of the city and i did amongst the traffic, the bumpy, non-maintained roads (roads aren't good here for the most part), the dust but i wasn't seeing an end to the city. I ventured a wee bit through the outskirts with large, nice homes and then decided to change my course of action. I took the ring road that goes in a circle around Kathmandu (and looks a lot shorter on the map) to head to Bodhnath
I then had to find my way back to Thamel which proved to be the biggest challenge and i had to back by a certain time to return the bike. I must have asked 10 different peeps for directions at different points saying 'thamel' but they didn't understand my accent so it took a while and more patience...and it was rushhour. A cop proved to be most helpful. And just as i was ready to get really frustrated and upset, after an 1 1/2 hr of being lost, i finally found a famaliar bit and knew where i was. I arrived back as the bike shop guy was literally walking away from the door, i had aboot 2 seconds to spare and could indeed get my credit card back that day....which was very important as i wanted to leave the city early the next morning. That put a huge smile on my face as i could feel the universe's humour and i just laughed. I was again happy...and exhausted. It was time for a much deserved beer.