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Bhaktapur, Day 1

I arrived at Kathmandu this afternoon. The flights and layovers and everything went smoothly, and my hosts are terrific. I had a chance to walk around Bhaktapur for a couple hours and took a few photos. Right now I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow morning I head to Pokhara.

Update: I’ve uploaded a couple photos from the plane over Kathmandu.

13 Comments

  1. Sal

    Glad to see you and Anuj made it. I hope you brought a sweater.

  2. Ethan

    Can’t wait to see some photos!

  3. The Van Houten's

    Hi Jason! We’re relieved you’ve arrived safely! Adam and Aidan send their best wishes and wish they were with you:) Please have a wonderful time, while minding your health and safety. Until the next post.
    Chris

  4. Jason

    Thanks for your comments. So far the trip has been going well. Nepal a great place to travel, and it’s been even better with Anuj’s friend Sabin’s family making arrangements for me. They have been terrific! Tomorrow I’m doing an overnight trek to a village called Ghandruk in the Annapurna Conservation Area. It’s one of the villages that’s only reachable by foot. If the clouds cooperate there should be a great view of some snow-covered peaks. And if not, it’s supposed to a beautiful village. I’ve already got some good photos, and hope to get some posted over the weekend.

    • The Van Houten's

      Glad you’re having a great time! We’d love to invite you for Thanksgiving dinner. We will be at Amanda’s this year. Let us know if you’re able to attend. When are you returning from this trip, if you don’t mind me asking? Looking forward to seeing the new photos! Take care.
      Chris

  5. Henry Schneider

    Jason: Glad you arrived safely and hope that you enjoy yourself. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you return.

  6. Sal

    Take a picture of the Yeti for me.

    • Elena

      Sal, you’re funny! I am using Jason’s travel journey as a lesson to teach my kids about the Himalayan mountains. We just read about the Yeti AKA the Abominable Snowman! Roar! The Yeti has never been photographed – until Jason Youngers came along! (Hope you’re well Jason – where are photos?). I am going to pick up the book _Nepal in Pictures_ from the library tonight!

  7. The Van Houten 's

    Hi Jason! We’ve been enjoying your pictures. I was wondering if you were able or willing to witness the sacrifices of the Nawani celebration during Dashain? I read that they were open to the public. Take care.
    Chris

    • Jason

      I did go to one of the temples during a sacrifice. It was very bloody, but the goats didn’t seem to suffer very much. They cut their throats and then beheaded them. It only took a few seconds. I probably won’t post any particularly gory photos, mostly because I don’t think the photos do justice to the tradition or the food value that the animals provide in a difficult agricultural environment. But I will admit that it was a little strange seeing little kids walking around in very bloody flip flops. Nepalis are of differing opinions about the sacrifices as well, with many of the young people going along with it to honor their parents’ wishes.

  8. Don P

    Great photos! I look forward to seeing more of them.

  9. Ethan

    Those photos look unreal: are you sure you didn’t use Photoshop? Thanks for the updates. Right now we’re riding out a large hurricane, you probably have it better there!

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