So we have so far spent about 10 days in front of computer screens and in meetings getting the NurseTeachReach program finalized!!! With the Tihar festival looming we headed back to Kathmandu for a bit of R & R. First stop Bhaktapur!!! An ancient town that was once the capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur is a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of Thamel, the tourism central of Kathmandu.
The sculpture and architecture is up to and over 600 years old and is unbelievable. Though we were less impressed to find that to win a competition the king cut the hands off the artist who created these incredible lions…
Among other things we spent time wandering in the less than touristy places and observed them spreading the harvested rice ALL over the place to dry, removing all the straw and storing it up. Of course the chickens, dogs and other animals were allowed free roaming privileges.
We also visited a paper factory which was amazing and they showed us the process of hand-making traditional papers with amazing colours, patterns and textures. The traditional painting school was also fantastic with one of the instructors explaining the meanings of the paintings and explaining the process of becoming a pro – it can take upwards of 10 years!
Lucy also tried her hand at pottery – not very gracefully but she somehow made a tiny clay pot which made her day!
As you can see there were so many incredible photo ops which we took full advantage of. J Our guide was a lovely young man with a ‘good smile’ which apparently is all you need to impress Julia! Very knowledgeable about the town and took us to all the good places but was great with also taking us to the out of the way places. He was very patient and allowed us plenty of shopping ops!!
Don’t worry people we have been hard at work!! But hey, when in Nepal…you gotta look around!! Such an amazing place and I guarantee that once in this gorgeous place is NEVER enough!!!!!