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Recovery Day in Bhaktapur

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Today was a recovery day to recover from jet lag. Yesterday was 3 hours on ground to Chicago, 13 hours to Abu Dhabi, 2 hours layover, and 4 hours to Kathmandu. Exclamation point was taxi ride through Kathmandu, though arguably the fastest transportation of the day!

Today woke up earlier than planned with Dad knocking on door because he could't sleep with time change. Sigh.
We are within a couple of hundred yards of great coffee, many temples, shops, and LOTS of scooters!
Earthquake damage (from March 2015) is still visible with some buildings reduced to rubble and others with supports, but overall it is ore surprising how much is intact.
In terms of architecture, NOTHING is "plain." The amount of artistry and craftsmanship in everything is unreal.
We took a walk to Durbar Square an pottery square finding interesting people, places, and things along the way.
Returned for an afternoon drink and visited with others joining our group representing Nepal, the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the US. As we wrapped up visiting, got a great rainbow over two temples highlighting the view from the balcony!
Heading to dinner and then one more night of sleep should put us on Nepal time for real! If you want to figure out what time it is here, add 10:45 to central! They are off 15 minutes from the rest of the world. In asking why I was told it was the same reason they don't have a rectangular flag,
They march to the beat of their own drum -- Literally during Daishan festival where we have watched parades with drums, cymbals, and flutes throughout the day.

Posted by wangard 08:59 Archived in Nepal Tagged kathmandu bhaktapur daishan_festival

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