Is that Mt. Everest behind the clouds?
Trip Start Jan 05, 2006
16Trip End Jan 25, 2006
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I returned to the hotel and a little while later went out for a small breakfast. Along the way, I stopped in at a video/music shop to purchase the IMAX "Everest" film and some CDs for my Papa San. I bought the film, plus 3 CDs - one of Nepali Festival songs, one of traditional folk songs and finally some Tibetan Buddhist monk music. Dad should be pleased. After my meal, I went on a walking tour as described in Lonely Planet. The walk was around Durbar Square where I met a young man who I allowed to guide me around the square. His English was quite good and he was really knowledgeable so I didn't mind having him show me around (again). I got lost a number of times on my walk. There aren't any street signs in English here and the streets are a labryinth. I think I got a few nice shots during my wandering. Twice I saw wedding processions (they start with a number of musicians, then there's a decorated vehicle, and then friends/family walking behind - all in procession).
I returned to my hotel at close to 3, thoroughly exhausted and w/an aching knee. I read for a little while and then when I awoke at 5, ordered some lemon tea from room service. When the waiter arrived, I asked him if he could recommend an Indian restaurant in Thamel. He said he knew a place very closeby that he could walk me to so I said thanks. At 6:30 he walked me there and then proceeded to join me as if that was the plan all along. It wasn't but naturally I didn't say anything. He'd already eaten at the hotel and so he only had some tea while I ate. He was a nice young fellow so in the end I didn't mind his company. Plus his friend managed the restaurant and we got a 20% discount. My funds were almost completely depleted at this point so after the meal, I changed another $40. That should definitely last me till Wednesday.