Need for a Different Point of View
Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
126Trip End Oct 22, 2012
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A little Newar city 16 km east of Kathmandu. It took somewhere close to one hour by bus, but once there I was happy of my choice. Most of the people would come and go back to Kathmandu on a day trip. I was going to stay here for some days. A place to sleep, and then out in the streets, walking up and down all the possible streets, alleys, and squares. The town is famous for the relatively unspoiled atmosphere, the pottery and the Juju-dhaun (literary King of Yogurts..Yo!)
So I was going from one juju place to the other stopping to have a rest at the crossroads, or in the small or big squares. What i really liked of the city are the numerous portico (that reminded me of Bologna, even if here where generally really short in length in comparison) all over the city where you could see people chatting, playing cards, reading journals, being shaved, spinning the cotton, or having a nap. The red bricks and dark wooden pillars framing the life in the streets in the same way the carved windows and doors framed the one in the house. From the same house or from the small shops I could here the rhythm of the copper craftsman, and the heavy hands of the stone artisans
Even the sadu of the town, wasn't one of those professional take-me-a-picture-give-me-100-rupees that you can find in Durbar Square in Kathmandu (you can find the exact same two guys on any guide book, and if you want you can take their shot too in the same studio pose). Her ethe guy was more similar to one of those extravagant clochards that mingle in pour cities. Talking with himself, dancing with his cripple dog, smiling, smiling a lot. I gave him a small donation (I liked his light happiness) and we ended up blessing each other..and for few seconds even dancing together.