Memories of Kathmandu

I didn’t fall in love with Kathmandu in my first few days there. First of all I made the mistake of constantly comparing it to Burma (I know how ridiculous it sounds, but a month earlier I was on a photography workshop there that I loved and I simply missed it). I was disappointed by the street food and hawkers, overwhelmed by the constant and loud (lots of beeping and revving) traffic and people rushing about. Secondly, I was sick. I had a really bad cold which was made much worse by the dust and pollution in Kathmandu. The air was, to put it simply, bad. Dry, dusty and polluted. It was so dusty in fact that everyone (locals included) were wearing face masks. My cold combined with the dust resulted in coughing fits. Coughing fits so bad it felt like I would cough up a lung.

I felt frustrated and dreamt of getting out of the city to see one of the famous trekking trails. My cough got better towards the end of the week and then the earthquake happened.
Everything changed after the earthquake including my attitude and feelings for this enormous capital. Since I left I realised that I had left part of my heart in this busy city. I managed to find calm between the moments of chaos and see the charm and friendliness of the amazing Nepalese people. Kathmandu left a mark on me. A big one.
I am not ready to even think of going back there yet. I hope that a year away will change my as I would love to go back and simply give back and show my support by being a tourist. Perhaps do some trekking. Fingers crossed I will be ready.

 

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