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

A new leaf – a new camera

One of the photos I took with my new Canon EOS 40D


It finally happened. I entered the digital age of photography. After waiting for 2 1/2 years, I was finally able to buy my new camera, the Canon EOS 40D with a 17-85 mm zoom lens. I couldn’t be happier with it, although I spent more than I’d originally intended. I needed a camera badly, and this fits the bill; it should serve me well for years to come through many travel adventures. Now if I could just learn how to operate it. The display panels, menus, buttons, and knobs are a bit baffling to me, and I started wading through the 196-page user manual tonight.

Now I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the winter vacation. And you, dear readers, can look forward to LOTS of juicy photos from me in the near future.


My friend took this photo right after we bought my new camera – it’s beautiful.


This is mine.



What better way to end an afternoon of shopping than with food? This was at the Long Chao Shou restaurant.