May 20th 1984

posted in: The way back | 1

I felt distinctly unwell, so after, for us, + in view of the temptation around, a relatively light breakfast, we walked out to the temple on the outskirts of town.  I have forgotten its name, if I ever knew it, but it’s a half-hour walk out, + sits on a high hill overlooking the city.  I didn’t enjoy the walk out, it was a struggle undertaken out of duty rather than pleasure.  When we finally made it out there, we had to cope with all the steps.  I stopped a little way up to have a rest on a bench, but then we were bothered by a beggar, so off we went again.  Like so many Hindu temples, the place was shoddy + dingy, with scabby dogs wandering around, red poster paint smeared on the statues, everything dull + naively simplistic.  We drank a coke, then were pleased to go.

I was happy to spend time up on the roof, reading Time magazine, + drinking glass after glass of lemon drink, rehydrating myself.  When Tom + Jan arrived, we went first to our corner bar, + were pleased that they liked it too.  We went to a Russian-styled restaurant called Red Square, but, tho’ the company was pleasant, the evening wasn’t a great success for the food was indifferent + over-priced.

And a spot of sight-seeing to add to the mix, though actually we have seen pretty much all of what we want to see in Kathmandu, and would prefer to be on our way.

  1. Susan

    Chris, it’s the Swayambhunath temple, I truly love it, especially as it is one of the few places where both Buddhists and Hindus worship peacefully side by side. It is also know as the Monkey temple, over run with the pesky things. Give it another chance when you are back in Kathmandu as it’s a great place

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