So for those of you not following our every move (and let's be honest you all should be).  Andrew and I spent last week in Kathmandu.  I was there attending a workshop on Food Security with some other members of my office/team and of course we added in some sight-seeing as well.  We arrived in Kathmandu on Nov 10th and spent the whole weekend (with the exception of a couple USAID wide meetings) sight-seeing.

Hotel Grounds
Hotel Lobby
Andrew goofing off in the hotel lobby
On day one we checked into the hotel.  We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu, which is beautiful, I included some photos of the hotel above.  We were pampered in the hotel, however, it is really out of the way of central Kathmandu and I wouldn't recommend it for tourists who don't have a conference in the hotel.

Also on Day One we headed to Durbar Square (Kathmandu). The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples.  The square itself was spectacular and was even more amazing as people came out and began their prayer sessions

The ambiance at Durbar Square was amazing.  However the peddlers and the hawkers, along with the "tour guides"  really kinda ruined it.  Once the sun started setting though things were great!

On day two we took a guided tour of Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.  Bhaktapue is a city also in the Kathmandu valley with a similar cultural and ethnic makeup.  Andrew and I had hired a tour company to help us.  Our tour guide Bikesh was incredibly knowledgeable and knew a TON of things on every temple and a lot about the culture.  He directed us down the streets and pointed out the windows.  Nepal has these beautiful wooden windows that were intricate and everywhere.  I was in awe of these wood carvings.  So much so that we bought some :)  With Bikesh in Bhaktapur we also saw a paper factory, ate spectacular Newari food, and toured a Thanka (type of Nepalese painting) school.

Newari Food...and food porn (Andrew would want me to write that)

After we finished touring Bhaktapur we headed up to Nagarkot, where we were going to see EPIC views of the Himalayas.  Unfortunetly, it was incredibly cloudy and we couldn't see much.  But the scenery was still spectacular and the Masala Tea still hit the spot.

More to come on the rest of the trip!


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