After travelling for 24 hours, a good nights sleep was well needed to allow the beloved jet lag to set in. Morning came and we started our first official day walking to the UVN ( United vision Nepal) offices to meet the team we would be travelling with - I was bunking with a girl called Smiriti ( Princess sweetie as we liked to call her) during our travels to the rural villages.
Nepali people, though they don't have much, have so much to give; a kind and generous people. We were presented with many welcoming gifts throughout our travels. The UVN presented us with a red, geometrically patterned scarf and a Hindu greeting of "namaste" - In Hinduism it means "I bow to the divine in you".
A presentation was given on the work that UVN do which was followed with a short break. I had the chance to try some traditional Nepalese tea which is a beverage made from Nepali Tea leaves mixed with spices - I'd say its more of an acquired taste.
After experiencing some dodgy air-plane food we treated ourselves to a more familiar Western menu, pizza! That mushroom Calzone went down a treat!
The afternoon arrived, so 4 grown men and myself uncomfortably managed to squeeze ourselves into a tiny taxi and set off to Durbar Square. This was one of the places areas that showed much damage from the 2015 earthquake otherwise known as the Gorkha earthquake.
Old temples and monasteries were supported by nothing but long canes of bamboo ( a violation of health and safety in the Western world no doubt) and many structures were demolished.
Crowds of people flowed through the streets, from fruit sellers to children playing and bathing in the fountain. A few photos later and we were quickly inundated with the "del-boys" of Kathmandu intrigued to know if they could take our photo for 1000 rupees.
A long day of exploring came to an end and it was time to prepare ourselves for the next few days of travelling. A quick visit to the local supermarket to stock up on food and it was off for a good nights sleep.
One of the things that I noticed in the Supermarket was skin bleaching kits and that almost all of the skin care products had some representation of a skin lightening treatment in it. It's kind of ironic when you think about it, some white people want to be darker where as some dark people want to be lighter - we're never happy.