Kathmandu

2 05 2013

Grind Your Wheat

Three days in and we’re not even remotely at ease with the bustling mass of humanity that fills every space of this city. In the early morning, we linger over pastries and a small pot of coffee on a roof top café near the famed Kathmandu Guest house. As the sun rises higher the streets below slowly come to life. Soon, the brief repose of dawn becomes the hot, hazy cacophony of trinket markets, laundry shops, and peddlers hawking Tiger Balm for their ‘good luck’ morning sale. Moped riders – zipping around wearing  surgical masks against the dust – form an ever-present chorus of horns and throttles.

We browsed Thamel’s busy streets betwixt spending hours in internet kiosks trying to track down our gypsy laptop that decided to go rogue back in Delhi. A few blocks south of the tourist district, the streets acquiesce somewhat to a calmer, less artificial…

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