Day 1: the sights of Kathmandu!
Starting the first day of our trip, we filled up on a delicious buffet breakfast at the Kathmandu Guest House. After breakfast we walked through the streets of Thamel, taking in the sights and sounds of this busy area of the city – with street art, chickens and dogs! We headed to Durbar Square and took a tour with a guide around the multiple religious temples in this royal square. We encountered many religious symbols of Buddhism and Hinduism such as the living goddess – who made a quick appearance -and the Kasthamandap Temple. Some of the structures were destroyed in the earthquake 2 years ago, but repairs are underway on several through support from countries like China and USA. We also walked to the ‘monkey temple’, Swayambhunath. Although the walk up the monkey mountain was steep, everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the mountain living up to it’s name!
We are all looking forward to tomorrow where we will be visiting the school for the first time and going to the seven women’s centre, to learn some Nepali and how to cook! Many of us haven’t much cooking experience and we’re a bit worried about eating what we make, but we’re ready to learn!
Author & photo credit monkey temple: Nathan