Wednesday, 23 September 2009

01.01.09 - 7.00pm (Roughly) - Kathmandu

The drive back from the airport to the hotel is the first we saw of Kathmandu. It seemed like a bright city and full of life, but there was no escaping what a relatively poor country it is compared with the UK and what we are used to.

The traffic was manic and people were beeping their horns constantly! It took me a while to work out that they actually drive on the left as it seemed as if they drive straight down the middle of the road, occasionally swearving for the odd animal or person.

The cars all seem to be the same, tiny little white something or others, I don't know why they don't have them in more colours at least. Motorbikes are a big thing here as well, there seem to be just as many bikes as cars.

The old style traffic directors are still in operation here. It's not a job I would want, they stand in the middle of the busy junctions, pretending at least to direct traffic, but it seemed to me as everyone was just driving however they wanted.

Many people here in Kathmandu wear face masks when walking around the city. We asked our guide and he said there were two reasons for this - swine flu and the horrendous polution.

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