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Kathmandu, I love you!

kathmandu, i love you!

I knew I would love Kathmandu. I didn’t know how much, but from the moment I received an incredibly friendly confirmation email from the Hotel Silver Home, I got the feeling it was going to be somewhere special. And I was right.

We arrived late at night and took a tiny taxi through pitch black streets as thin as lanes. We were exhausted after spending hours travelling from Guangzhou, via Hong Kong and Doha!

We were shown to our large, old and colourful room by a lovely guy who gave us water and reminded us that breakfast was included. We fell onto a marshmallow-soft duvet of crisp white, and fell into a dead sleep.

The next morning we went down for breakfast, taking in the posters advertising climbs and treks all over the walls, and the group of alert and fit-looking guests who were congregating in the reception — tying their hiking boots and hoisting their harnesses over muscled shoulders. The breakfast room was small and dark. We salivated while we waited for coffee, and listened in to the couple next to us as they spoke of all the precarious climbs they had done. We smiled like children skiving from P.E, while also feeling a little guilty for not having the same grand ambitions for our trip to Nepal.

Breakfast was beautiful! An omelette, toast, jam of a spectacular red, and ‘hash browns’ or cold curried potato fried with onion and tomato. Coffee was delicious instant with yak milk. The guy who served us was so polite and friendly, my affection for Nepal grew even greater, despite not yet seeing it in the daylight.

breakfast in kathmandu

Nepalese Breakfast, bad quality photo!

Once we were fed, it was time to hit the streets.

Hotel Silver HOme, Kathmandu

Hotel Silver Home, Kathmandu

From the moment we stepped outside i was struck with a tingling of excitement. This was one of those places. Somewhere that I instantly loved.

kathmandu love the traveloguer

Here is what I wrote in a notebook straight after our wander around the dust-choked streets of Kathmandu…

 

I am in love with Kathmandu. It is a perfect place. I love everything; the tight streets with the thin buildings, the shops selling the most beautiful scarves and crafts, trekking gear and teas; the fellow travellers walking around with beards, in a uniform of baggy trousers and dusty vests (but not like in Thailand), looking like they love it too.

The juice stands, the little rickshaws, the people, the restaurants and even the dust. It is my kind of place, and I am already dreading leaving.

 

Our accommodation is really nice. The staff, all male, are all so nice and friendly and sweet. Breakfast was delicious and very filling. We’re now back in the room after a wander of heaven.

 

It was so colourful and pretty.

 

Kathmandu colour the traveloguer

 

I kept having to stop to take photos, and probably irritated everyone behind me. The streets are so thin, and footpaths pretty non-existent, so you end up walking in a line flush against the shopfronts to let cars and bikes pass.

 

We’re going to go back out soon and hopefully sit in a pretty garden or rooftop bar and just take it all in. Every second is a photo op, and I just want to capture it all.

 

Kathmandu Life

 

This is first time I’ve been really tempted to buy stuff. I’ve already spotted so many scarves I need, a few statues, like a gorgeous Hindu one in turquoise, cool pipes, silver jewellery and boxes for tea. Sigh of contentment, this is amazing!!

 

 

Tempting trinkets, Kathmandu

Kathmandu just got better and better, especially when I tried buffalo momo a few hours after writing that! Although the dust did eventually get old!

Lazy days in Kathmandu

More on Kathmandu to come 🙂

 

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26 Comments

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    Tim
    August 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I love Nepal and the great city of Kathmandu as well. I have nothing but wonderful memories of the country and look forward to returning soon.
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    Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    August 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I haven’t been yet, but plan to go either Sri Lanka or Nepal for my next visa run! This looks really nice 🙂
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      Christine
      August 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      That’s a tough choice Rachel, I would love to see Sri Lanka. I’m sure you’ll love whatever one you decide to go for! 🙂
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    Heather @ TravelingSaurus
    August 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Kathmandu. Can’t wait for more photos!
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    Silvia
    August 19, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Kathmandu is one of my all time favorite cities, and I think this post captured it perfectly! I lived there when I was five and again when I was twenty, and I find myself daydreaming about it all the time, ha.
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    ClemandMarcella
    August 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Ah, love this post! Your first impressions were all the same as mine; instantly falling in love with the city and all of the charm around it 🙂
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    Diana - Life in German.
    August 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Wow it looks so pretty, I hope we can make it there one day!
    [Stopping over via TT]
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    Jacqueline Gum
    August 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Kathmandu looks and sounds like someplace I need to put on my to-do list! Beautiful photography as usual. Mostly it’s wonderful to hear the enthusiasm in your words:) Have big fun!!
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    Donna Janke
    August 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Your photos of Kathmandu are great. I love the description in your journal. Hope you bought at least one of the scarves you need.
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    Sarah
    August 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I would love to go to Kathmandu. My friend went recently and she loved it. Love your photos.
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    Camila
    August 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Oh my gosh that is amazing! I’ve had this weird dream to go to Kathmandu (because I think it’s a beautiful name for a city!) and since I wrote it on my blog I see all these marvellous posts on blogs that make me want to go even more! It looks like it’s hectic, but full of life!!
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    Danielle (@TheLifestylePrj)
    August 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Kathmandu is totally on my wanderlist. I love how you described this town! Your enthusiasm definitely shows through your writing. I can totally relate to that tingling of excitement you mentioned when you instantly know that you’ve arrived in some place that you’re going to love! For me that latest place was Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica.
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    Jessi
    August 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, Kathmandu looks incredible, and I love your enthusiasm – how great that you still have the exact words you wrote to take you back there.
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    Sammy @ Days Like This
    August 20, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Great pictures! They really give a feel for the place. I think I would love it as well.
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    Amy @ Amy and the Great World
    August 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I have never been to Nepal but I love your descriptions of Kathmandu! Your enthusiasm is contagious. I can’t wait to hear if you found that rooftop bar/cafe 😉

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    Arleen
    August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations on your award. Your pictures are amazing. I have been to India but never made it to Kathmandu. The silks are wonderful in India and you the people are so nice and friendly. You have memories through your photography that will last forever.
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    Lara // the passage
    April 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Nepal has been on my wish list for so long. I have completely romanticized it: imagining the rugged beauty of the Himalayas, the colours, the food…(I even fantasize about trekking to the Everest base camp)…It was a delight to come across your post. I hope I don’t have to wait too many more years to make a visit of my own!
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    Jessica
    October 31, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Kathmandu definitely has its charms, but it’s too much hustle and bustle. My first impression was that I loved it too, until I spent a couple of weeks there. Now, personally, I prefer the quieter Pokhara that has more nature. Traveling as a family, Kathmandu certainly wasn’t the place for us and we were tired of the city. I’m sure we’ll be back one day (especially to do some shopping) but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone traveling as a family.
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    Rajat
    December 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I also got to visit Kathmandu in Dec 2013. Stayed there for few days and decided to visit there again by the next year. However I havent been able to do so far. But visiting again always excites and I am thinking to go back there

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      Christine Maguire
      January 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I feel the same about Kathmandu, and haven’t made it back since my first visit either 😔

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    Kiran
    January 8, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Namaste Cristine,

    Thanks for loving Kathmandu. Kathmandu will definitely love you back. and i really enjoyed reading your blog.
    Hope to seeing you back again in Nepal.

    Dhanyabaad.!!

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      Christine Maguire
      February 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Namaste Kiran! I hope to be back in Nepal some day soon 😊

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