Kathmandu, the city of plenty
The moment I arrived at international airport Tribhuvan I was struck with the politeness of the Nepalese people. I had a transfer to the hostel but a taxi driver carried my bag for me even while I was not going with his cab. When I arrived in Thamel, Kathmandu and strolled through the city I had to catch my breath for a minute. The first impression was chaos, dust and overcrowded but I quickly realized that this impression was not accurate at all. While spending the following week in Kathmandu I experienced so much friendliness and politeness from the people of Kathmandu. People want to walk with you for a while to get to know you and improve their English, people offer you to come drink some masala tea and to make conversation. 8 out of 10 times I walked though Kathmandu alone there was someone coming up to me who wanted to show me around and explain about the temples and stupas found in Kathmandu. After a week, I felt like I belonged; the rickshaws and motorbikes, the momo’s and dal baht. All the things that make Kathmandu so great are the small things, its people and its culture. Thamel offers so many little shops and restaurant ranging from baggy trousers and mountaineering clothing to Nepalese handicraft and art made by the local inhabitants. It is almost impossible to walk through Kathmandu without being lured into a mandala Thangka art shop. Art students approach you to show their work and explain about the art form, which can only be found in Nepal. Finally, Kathmandu changes into a different city during night-time. Colourful lights and cheerful banners can be seen though Thamel and plenty of bars, cafes and restaurant can be found to enjoy the Newari-food, have local Everest beer or go dancing with whatever music you like.