I hope you enjoy this collection of photos from Kathmandu. We were there working for a voluntary agency for some weeks a few years back. Unfortunately I was soon sick from a respiratory condition known locally as Kathmandu Cough. It only takes 24 hours in that heavily polluted atmosphere to bring on the cough, which is especially troublesome for those like me who have been asthmatics. We lived in PepsiColaTownPlanning as it was known, and had a mini bus to get us into Kathmandu for banking and shops. This is our little local bus. In Kathmandu we waited at the bus stop until we heard that young boy banging on the sides of the minivan and calling “PepsiColaTownPlanning” at the top of his lungs. Then we scrambled to get in so that we did not have to ride on the roof!
We usually walked out to the orphanage where we were working. It took us almost an hour, but the bus was more of an ordeal! On the walk back we sometimes stopped for momos at a little cafe, since there was no ‘lunch’ in Kathmandu, just breakfast and dinner. Hungry people snacked in between.
We had a little free time, a few days off, when we could explore further afield. These photos are in the centre of the city, where we ventured only once! On other days we visited the main temples, and went out to the mountains to try to find some fresh air.
Finally I was too sick, so we asked for a few days off and flew up to Pokhara at the base of the Annapurna Mountain range. It was wonderful to have fresh clean air, to begin to recover and walk in the beauty of an undeveloped city. It actually took me several weeks after leaving Nepal, when we were travelling in Rajasthan, to stop coughing! I loved the name ‘Yeti Airlines’! Wouldn’t you love to travel with them, or would you prefer Buddha Air?
The airport in Pokhara is the base for scenic flights over the Himalayan mountain range, so many flights were simply designated ‘Mountain’ …. and they only took off if conditions were right. Every now and then someone would begin to call “to Mountain, to Mountain” and people would gather to board. There was a wonderful edge of the world feel in Pokhara, and I was very reluctant to return to Kathmandu. Fortunately it was only a few more days and we were on the move again to India and the next adventure.
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