An ending to a journey.

Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2009

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

And back to Kathmandu for my last 2 nights in Nepal, one full day really. 

I spent half my day in Patan, just 8 kms from Kathmandu.....the Durbar square of Patan really. The small area is full of temples of Newari architecture with many backstreets streaming off the square.  It is similar to the Durbar square of Kathmandu but with a higher concentration of temples, stupas in a smaller area.  Patan has a long Buddhist history (that i wont get into and dont know fully) with most of the buildings being erected in the 16th to 18th centuries.  So i wandered as i do best, for a few hours then i returned to the main area of Kathmandu for my last hooray.  

My last hooray consisted of wandering yet again....walking the countless backstreets of Kathmandu, areas i had missed, beautiful old temples i hadn't seen, wee alleys leading to homes i never ventured into, it really is endless.  It is very easy to lose yourself there, in all the right ways....i found it all very enticing.  The hustle and bustle, the daily happenings of the locals is soo normal to them yet so captivating to me (as with most places).  I enjoyed 'getting lost' very much all the while not getting lost....there is nothing better.

A rooftop restaurant and an Everest beer was calling my name for my own personal Nepali farewell.  It overlooked the Durbar square, many buildings of homes, some market sellers, the mountains in the backdrop, and the many people down below all having somewhere to go.  It was dusk of course, my favourite time of day.  The sky and the clouds were a magnetic pink, the temperature perfect (as it was never too terribly hot in Nepal, nighttime was always lovely), and my appreciation for life at its fullest.  I am ever so grateful for my path, my journey...not just in Nepal but in its entirety.  Nepal just added to it as does everything in life.  Life is beautiful.
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