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Day Two: Villa Grimaldi and the General Cemetery

Written by Sarah, Jill, Annie, and Simon:

Yeti in Bhaktapur

 We are in Bhaktapur. We have had two people say they believe in the Yeti. 2 nonbelievers have denied the existance of the yeti, my spirit animal. This morning, we walked around the small town and I played hakie sack with a small kid, 5 or 6, kicking a sack of chords. Yesterday, I talked with Siranto in the store where I got my signing bull. The day before I talked to Tiro, the streetvender who lied to us about his product. These personal interactions are what is making this trip so special. 

Birthday Party!

So the 18th was my birthday, and the staff at the guesthouse was very nice and baked me a beautiful cake. It was very good and they sang happy birthday and had candles and everything. Made the day really special.

Service, Pen Pals, Santa Elena Oh My!

Today is our 7th day (not excluding travel days) that we have been in the lovely country of Costa Rica. So far all of my classmates and I have enjoyed our stay in Monteverde thoroughly. I am having a great time with my homestay family, which consists of the mother, father, daughter, husband of daughter, son, and grandson. One highlight of my trip was climbing the strangler fig tree, a plant that grows around other trees and forces them to rot, creating the opportune climbing tree.

One Done, Three More to Go...

March 18, 2014

First Morning in Kathmandu

This morning was our first one in Nepal. We awoke early to the bustling sounds of the beautiful city. We spent many hours enjoying the sunrise on the rooftop deck of our guesthouse. Today, we will travel to the center of Kathmandu and see the sites there. Yesterday, we saw the Boudha Stupa, an enormous Buddhist shrine in the middle of the city.

In Kathmandu Valley

It's Tuesday morning, the sky a dull gray and the city is waking up. A few dogs bark, tires can be heard on the beat up gravel and tarred road outside the guesthouse, and car horns begin to sound. The Valley Guesthouse is a few minutes above the great stupa at Boudha, one the Himalayan world's most visited pilgrimage sites. It's a strongly Tibetan enclave and monasteries fill the lanes that snake down to the large structure where devotion occurs.

In Kathmandu Valley

It's Tuesday morning, the sky a dull gray and the city is waking up. A few dogs bark, tires can be heard on the beat up gravel and tarred road outside the guesthouse, and car horns begin to sound. The Valley Guesthouse is a few minutes above the great stupa at Boudha, one the Himalayan world's most visited pilgrimage sites. It's a strongly Tibetan enclave and monasteries fill the lanes that snake down to the large structure where devotion occurs.

Seoul Airport

We are sitting in the Seoul Airport right now waiting to catch our flight to Kathmandu which leaves in less than an hour!!! Last night we stayed at a really nice hotel. The shower had fantastic water pressure. I fell asleep almost immediately after the shower. The flight from Seattle was about 10 1/2 hours long. I watched The Book Thief and Frozen, slept a bit and read. This morning for breakfast there was a buffet with so much food. They had the best waffles and maple syrup. Now we are all just waiting for the flight!

Nepal Day 2(3) - Flying

It's day 2 of the Nepal trip, though technically it is Monday here, so it's kind of day 3.

We are currently in the Korean Airport waiting for our flight to Katmandu. Last night we stayed at the Airport Hotel, which was very nice and had a very nice breakfast. We all went to sleep pretty early local time, but I had been awake for over 20 hours, so...

On the flight yesterday, I watched 4 movies. A lot, I know, but hey, the flight didn't seem too long that way. Ready for another long flight to Nepal today.

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