Hi lovelies, sorry it’s been quite a while since my last post went up. Turns out blogging while travelling is much harder than I anticipated. I’m in Cambodia now, where so far the wifi is proving much more reliable than in Nepal, which means I can finally get this post live woohoo!
I’ve been deliberating over how to write this post. And I just kind of decided to fill you in on my time in Nepal so far, which was definitely a little crazy but also so amazing. If you’re interested in what I got up to, check out all my favourite moments below.
You will probably notice a running theme of my non-photogenic outfits, which certainly aren’t *imstagram goals*. And believe me I wish I had a tonne of photos of me flouncing around in the prettiest dresses. But packing for 3 months is hard enough as it is and when you’re only visiting one cooler climate you kind of just have to suck it up and accept your one jumper choice. Needless to say I was very excited when arriving in the warmer Cambodia as it meant I could finallyyyy bring out some of my more summery options!
We spent our first few nights in Thamel, the tourist centre of Kathmandu. It was like being thrown in at the deep end. The roads are total chaos, there are no rules and every second step you are dodging a motorcycle. The streets are twists and turns and have no signposts and the pavements are non-existent.
On our first morning we decided we would attempt to walk the nearby attraction, Durbar Square. I don’t know about you but I always prefer to walk about a new city if I can, I find its a great way to understand a new place. But after 15 minutes of walking and no idea if we were even going the right way, we decided to turn back.
I didn’t want to admit defeat but the city was overwhelming to say the least. Being constantly approached by touts and having to be constantly hyper aware of the traffic as we walked meant our focus was anywhere but on the culture around us.
I don’t want all of this to sound as if I had a negative experience there, because that is not the case at all. Nepal has a certain knack. And by the end of our time there we were strolling down the streets with confidence. And pretty pleased with ourselves for finally learning our way round the chaotic city!
But I didn’t want to only write about all of the wonderful things. Because honestly, the first day or so was hard. But with that note on the realities of travelling aside, this post is full of pictures of all of the wonderful things, because there were TONNES.
We visited all of the stunning Stupas, Temples and Durbar Squares that Kathmandu had to offer. Spent some lovely chilled out afternoons in the Garden of Dreams. And learnt to navigate the city, woop! Not forgetting the ridiculously cheap price you can get local food for, when you’re in the mood.
I travelled on the tiniest plane I’ve ever been on, with maximum about 16 seats(!) to Pokhara, where we spent a couple of lovely days relaxing by Phewa Lake. Ate the best pancakes EVER, sadly not on pancake day. And spent an evening tucked into the side of the Nepalese mountains, with blankets and wine, watching Gone Girl.
I would absolutely love to know if you have visited Nepal and if so how did you find it?!