Sunday, September 6, 2009

STL DPB On The Road: Kathmandu

There are many responsible people in Kathmandu. Too many.

It's been nine years since I was last here. It's different; everything changes. More fancy, Western-looking stores on Durbar Marg, a main shopping street. Crumbling streets and sidewalks, an infrastructure broken down during the years of the Maoist civil war. Now they are in charge, democratically elected, the monarchy abolished. Far more trash in the streets. Same throngs of the desperately poor, but now the occasional middle class family in their own car. Well, at least in this part of town. The restaurant our group dined at last night had Nepali dishes on the menu, but it also has penne arriabatta and sachertorte.

Tourist stuff tomorrow.


Virginia said...

Question: Is it possible to litter "responsibly"?? If so, I'm counting on you and Mrs. C to do your part. Did you get your Yak Burger with our without cheese?

Leif Hagen said...

Can we litter responsibly instead? Glad you made is safely to Kathmandu!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

I've never been to Nepal. Glad you made it safe and sound. I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures from your point of view. Seems now the Nepalese learn the freedom of market economy...