unfortunately I haven’t started my trek yet because I cought a lung infection on my way to Pokhara and therefore I am staying in Pokhara for a few days till I get better….the day before I left Kathmandu I visited 2 really interesting places: Pashupatinath is a wellknown hindu temple set right on the main river of Kathmandu. I experienced my first cremations there which was a very strange experience – on the one hand there is not such a heavy, dark and sad atmosphere like at western funerals and on the other hand seeing a body being burnt right infront of me made me very emotional – it is such a different experience! after the morning there I walked to another very famous buddhist temple (named Boudha) which gave me a totally diefferent experience – monks with their flowing orange and red robes, the horns and drum sounds coming out of the temples and a beautiful stupa in the middle of the yard..incense stick smells, chanting monks sitting on the streets and beautiful views from rooftop cafes overlooking the stupa.Experiencing the 2 different religions on one day was an interesting thing – I definitely have a thing going for Buddhism and I decided to spend my last day at Boudha again to suck in the atmosphere when the majority of the day tourists are gone and when the place becomes quieter (and because my lungs would otherwise go on a serious strike if I stayed another day in the smoky tourist area of Thamel in Kathmandu).
The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara was very nice too – although 6 hours in a bus on shaky and rocky streets is not my favourite thing time still flew by becasue the nature is so nice and the rice terraces and gorges and little towns are so interesting to look at.
I just visited a women’s skill development project place in Pokhara where 350 women produce beautiful hand woven things (bags, purses, pillowcases and TONS of little YETIS!!) and the owner who founded the place 33 years showed us around – the money goes to improving the education of local women and it supports them in getting more independence and freedom. When you see how much time and effort goes into producing a little bag you definitely apperciate buying handmade items much more! okidoki, I will get to my little Nirvana (my hotel is called that way) and do some reading and hopefully get better for my trek…