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K2 (Expat Week #059)

Adventures of an American Traveler

We are not human beings having spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

My second day of car touring in Kathmandu took in sites a bit further away than the previous days, further enough such that only two could be visited comfortably, without moving at a maniacal pace. The first stop was Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. The other was the ancient city Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Each had their particular charms. Each were polar opposite experiences.

Where Kopan Monastery was the image of serenity, the Bhaktapur Square was constant hustle and bustle. Where Kopan was pristine, Bhaktapur was dusty.

Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery Main Building Kopan Monastery Main Building

The monastery was high up on a hill just as the the Monkey temple was high on a hill top. If one must defend a temple from invaders, the hill top gives the best vantage point to…

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