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Kathmandu is one of those magical places, like Timbuktu or Nunavut, that I never thought I'd visit. But here I am, and I can see the Boudhanath Stupa every time I go up to my hotel room. There are also cooing pigeons outside my window.

When I arrived at the airport (after an unexpected landing in Kolkata because the airport was closed due to cloud cover), an elderly man leisurely entered my passport details by hand in a giant register. I was surprised that the arrivals/immigration system was not computerized. Even Burkina Faso's main airport, which only gets probably a tenth of the tourists that visit Nepal, has computers. Weird.

When I arrived at the hotel, the designated greeter placed scarves around each of the new guests.

Did I mention the Stupa?

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra
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On November 15th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC), mysteena commented:
It's beautiful!
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On November 21st, 2011 08:24 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's incredible to see in person.
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On November 17th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC), revelationtrib commented:
whoa. that looks so incredible.
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On November 21st, 2011 08:25 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Lots of sites like this in the city!
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