My First Day in Nepal

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I arrived at Kathmandu at around 11am Friday August 11th. I was sleeping on the way (It was a long journey from San Francisco to Guangzhou, China then to Nepal) and woke up when we were already approaching the ground.

Damn it, I thought. I missed the view of the city from the sky, but I still got a view of some buildings. I have never seen anything quite like that. The buildings looked very colorful, and usually are just four or five floors high. They looked like they were stacked up by different layers.

My hostel was able to arrange a taxi for me. This is the guy who held a sign with my name on it.

The airport authorities were the most relaxed I have ever seen in places I have visited. Once they saw my Chinese passport, they sent me to a diplomatic table and let me pass. I didn’t even need to pay the $40 Visa fee. Nepal, you sure know how to make me feel special. (I’m blushing. XD)

I took my camera out right after I got out of the airport and started snapping. This is my first impression of Nepal.

I’m so glad that I did so much street photography back in the state! With all those practice in the streets of SF, I can actually get decent photos of people now without asking them to pose for me.


It took me a while to realize that they drive on the right side of the car. It is not easy to adjust to. Apparently a lot of these cars are from India. They are pretty small. When I see the roads, it all makes sense.



Is this guy fashionable or not?
There are many street dogs here.
Shopping malls in Nepal.
Can’t wait to try some of these snacks!
I thought that was interesting what the guy used to decorate his car, a picture of his wife perhaps.
The pollution in downtown Kathmandu is pretty bad. I read it in my guidebook. Still I was surprised by it. The cars kicked up a lot of dust. I could still feel it in my throat. I had to wear a mask like many locals do.
Kathmandu is very diverse. I see Lamas, Hindus, and Muslims all around. It’s mind blowing.
A Sweet Shop.

Al in all, it’s a great first day. I have to figure out what to do for the next 20 days. I’m thinking about making a trekking trip around here. Stay tuned!

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