After our days in Pokhara, we took a "tourist bus" the 7 hours back to Kathmandu where we had a day and a half more. The tourist bus was actually quite nice, with air conditioning and airplane-type seating and a driver that took us more carefully along the narrow mountain-hugging roads (our previous driver seemed to value his life little and was constantly zooming around trucks and buses on blind curves. After a while we just stopped watching because it was too scary!). We all slept and the hours passed pretty quickly.
We had the late afternoon to see Kathmandu, so we took a taxi to one of the most iconic spots in the city: Swayambhunath Stupa. This stupa, also called Monkey Temple, sits atop a hill that looks over Kathmandu, and is a religious complex with several Buddhist shrines and temples, and a Tibetan monastery. We were dropped off at the base and then began to climb the hundred + steps to the top, with craft vendors hawking their tourist wares all the way up and monkeys roaming freely as they greedily ate food left on the ground and sipped from leftover juice containers. We got to the top right as the sun was beginning to set, giving the temple and city a beautiful golden glow. We enjoyed the views for a while, exploring the temples and shrines, and walked back down to meet our taxi driver and get back to Thamel, where we found a brightly-lit outdoor cafe for dinner. Then we did some street shopping -- the colorful yak blankets, pashmina scarves, and paper lanterns drawing us in -- and it was the perfect evening.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.