On the guesthouse terrace whilst waiting for breakfast.
Ladies all ready for the festival procession.
Luxury four seater with cruise control and low fuel consumption. Hands free connectivity.
The colours in Nepal was one of the first things that struck me when I arrived. That and the smiles of the Nepalese people.
It was spring in Nepal and everywhere you looked, everyone had pot plants on their balconies with beautiful flowers blooming. So pretty!
A local private school in Balaju. Everyone was in a good mood and they had to practice dancing for a performance the next day.
You can only see market stalls like this catering to the locals in the early mornings. Once the tourists arrive, they are nowhere to be seen.
Just a little way out of the Thamel tourist ghetto and we have here ... a stereotypical backpacking tourist.
We organised part of our trip with a trekking company that funded an orphanage so we got to spend a little time there. This was taken on the walk to the orphanage in Balaju, Kathmandu.
The orphanage is built quite high up and has a great view from the roof.
There were performances happening for the festival and the locals in Balaju were all gathered around enjoying it.
One of the volunteers reading to the youngest member of the orphanage. I met the older children earlier but they were at school for the rest of the afternoon.
There were a few boys dressed up as girls for the performances, part of the full moon festival I think. I wish I knew why. It was very interesting.
A boy distracted from the festivities by my camera :) It was at this point where I was pulled into a random conversation with a Nepalese man who was keen on practising his English.
The Tibetan name for the Monkey Temple means 'Sublime Trees. Random fact from Wikipedia.
We took a walk with some of the volunteers and a few children from the orphanage to the Monkey temple. Did I mention the amazing colours in Nepal?
Swayambhunath Monkey Temple
It was a hot day and Koshi Quality ice-cream seemed like a good idea. It stayed just an idea though.
There was so much going on I didn't know whether to stop and look or keep pushing forward!
© Wendy Yap 2018