The taxi drive from the Kathmandu airport to our hotel was an eye-opening and chaotic experience. First of all, we were driving on the opposite side of the road. Then we continued to weave between cars while dodging pedestrians, dogs, and motorbikes....oh and goats. After checking in to the hotel we had a nice lunch (with lots of coffee) on the sunny rooftop of the hotel and met up with SLU alumi Brijlal Chaudhari '10 and Animesh Giri '08 who will be assisting us in our travels and helping translate while we conduct our research. Taylor Smith '12 who is traveling in Nepal also visited us for lunch.
We then toured around the part of the city called Durbar, visiting numerous temples and monasteries. We toured the Durbar Square where kings of Nepal have historically been crowned during their coronation. Strolling through the streets we saw many outdoor markets where gifts, trekking gear, spices, vegetables and many other goods were sold. We also witnessed an organized Maoist speech being held outside Durbar Square. Students were able to visit monasteries and light ceremonial candles while getting a first hand experience of the local culture.
Looking for our luggage in the Kathmandu airport
Cynthia and Lizzie in the taxi from the airport to the hotel
Chris outside of the Sacred Valley Hotel
Crowded markets of Kathmandu
Lizzie and Charlotte in front of Buddha's eyes in Dubar Square
Lizzie lighting candles in a monastery