Bhaktapur is a medieval town where little has changed in the last thousand years. While the year in Nepal may be 2068, this hamlet of brick and chaos makes that collection of digits seem arbitrary at best. The city's narrow lanes are flanked by leaning brick towers and the savageness of its back alleys is told in goat slaughter and starving dogs. Truth be told, it is not a place for a first date. You bring her here AFTER you marry her.
Believe it or not, this pond was filled with fish
An old place
That dog may have eaten my face had it not been for that chain. Scared the shit out of my brain.
Challenge - Try to find something in this picture that is not wood or brick
A still used well
Kristin checks out the old digs
A game of chess
A doorway beckons
Sums it up
A bird and a doorway
Some stairs - likely leading to more dereliction
Love the architecture
A large prayer wheel
Our guide, he started every explanation with, "Okay, sir and madame..."
Prayer wheels are a mainstay in Nepal. It feels good to give them a spin.
Love this picture
On his way to the tupperware club meeting
Pig banks at right
I never see enough dragons to sate my desire to see enough dragons
This room was eerily cold on a hot day. Ghosts? fact.
Idling just beyond the doorway
This man was proud of his dog's face
Buds. Maybe best.
Definitely a different type of statue
Men taking a break from idling
These wood carvers acknowledged me the way men acknowledge a fly in the other room
That man with the sweaty back? Our guide. We are very glad we hired him. It was a very confusing place. Something tells me city planners were not involved.
I love these four wheeled contraptions
Even here - Coca Cola
Carved bric a brac
A man waits at the end of a dark alley
Buildings and wheat
Looked like a fun game
The city ends
People keep ducks as pets in Bhaktapur
A 5 tiered temple in the background
She is doing something that ends up being mustard
playing tag on centuries old stupas
The holy cow
Holy cow - posted up
The monk kid sat and looked stoic while those around him played
There was a party going on. Cow head. Real or fake?
These guys were doing terrible things to goats with fire
Some sort of fried delight
Bhaktapur street at noon
Five tiers, look upon it, and know
Love the Nepalese architecture
The Kingdom of Bhaktapur
Some kind of pottery square
We have not bought one scarf yet
One thing that I really love about Nepal is the integration of ancient sites into the day to day function
People just hang out
Kristin made me take a picture of this ritz cracker stuck to a statue's nose, definitely more of a "Boo's corner" thing
The classroom sounded like an insane asylum. This kid in glasses was looking safely out of the window.