Travel Notes from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal
It is definitely a day of faith for most of us. I am standing right here at the durbar square of the famous city of Kathmandu where throngs of Buddhists and Hindus gather to pay worship to their gods. Back home in Manila, Pope Francis has just arrived where a strong 90 million catholics are expected to pay tribute to the father of the Catholic faith.
I left my hotel quite late as i have been following updates regarding his arrival. I feel excited and blessed to be able to watch how things unfold thousands of kilometers away from home. Suddenly, the regretful Bangladesh visa doesn't make me feel bad anymore. There's so much more to be thankful for in life. Yet again, i didn't pay for the ticket to get here because nobody asked me. And even if the manager asks me, i'm pretty sure he'll let me pass. I surely belong here, literally.
The durbar square at night is a delight to see. There were thousands upon thousands of people roaming around the square, and i just saw a man from a distance waving the Nepali flag. There's a bit of a commotion going around here right now with some protesters, but none of that is something to worry about. The people of Nepal are truly one of the warmest and caring people you will ever meet, and i'm blessed to be experiencing it right now here in the country.
I have to be honest, i'm a tad lazy nowadays with most of my time spent sitting in a corner, drinking my masala tea, and just people watching. I've just extended my stay here at Pilgrims Guest House because i'll be going on day trips starting today. I originally wanted to stay in Kirtipur and Chobar but it's expected to be -17 degrees there tonight. That's suicidal. So, i'll be taking the trip this afternoon for a better view of the city. Tomorrow, i am planning to go to Kankani. Since i have more time in my hands now, i might swing by Bandipur and Chitwan finally. I am excited.
I bought two headgears for about 300 NPR which is not a lot and a couple of bracelets for back home. I was just introduced to a couple of Bhutanese guests here, so i take it as a sign. I'm going there really soon. I just wished it was less expensive.
Namaste from Kathmandu!