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"Varanass, Varanass"

“Varanass, Varanass” was the mantra of the bus conductor as he announced our imminent departure for Varanasi, India, holy city on the Ganges. It had a magical ring to it, enhanced by the patter of rain on the bus windows and roof, the water slowly drip-dripping from the leaky roof onto my left shoulder.

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Just shoot me

Published on July 30, 2010, by in Architecture, Nepal, Travel.

Goodbye, Kathmandu, hello India…. Here are a few final street shots I got before I began my 2-day and 20-hour bus journey. Ultimate destination: Varanasi, India. Bags and bags…. storefront vendor   Just shoot me: two students pose in front of a shrine   My favorite snack in Nepal:  Masala Munch   Rainy day in Thamel, Kathmandu Resting a weary leg   Dishing it up: roadside rest stop / cafe halfway to to the Nepal-India border. I purposely avoided road and street food for fear of the Tourist’s Curse.  Little did I know that a few days later, in Varanasi…. Well, let’s say the inevitable happened.

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Beautiful window, Kathmandu

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Sacred places

Here’s a brief selection from the many sacred places and structures I encountered in Kathmandu. Hinduism and Buddhism coexist amicably here, and many sites combine aspects of both. Due to the many Tibetans resident in Nepal, Tibetan Buddhism also has a strong presence.     Durbar Square windows       Durbar Square, another perspective   Swayambunath Stupa – my favorite site. It’s also earned the name of the Monkey Temple because of its, uh, residents. This is the oldest Buddhist temple in Kathmandu.       Together again – which one looks more serene, monkey or deity?     Swayambhunath gilded detail       Stone sculpture, Hindu shrine       Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in the Kathmandu valley       Detail of Boudhanath – the all-seeing eyes       Boudhanath pilgrims making a clockwise koraor circumambulation of the Buddhist stupa       Patan Durbar Square – intricacy in stone       Patan Durbar Square: Sitting around, taking it all in.     Jayabageshwari Temple, Deopatan district

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Published on July 26, 2010, by in Travel.

Who, me? Sugar bowl thief, restaurant terrace at Swayambunath Stupa