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    James
    January 23, 2012

    Nice insights. You can find scenes like this all over the world. The bigger the city, the darker it gets.

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 23, 2012

      That’s quite true. I just wanted to focus on KTM Durbar square for this. One small area.

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    Jan
    January 23, 2012

    I really enjoyed this look at a single part of a city waking up. The writing flows well too 😉

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 23, 2012

      Thank you!

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    Adrianna Ye
    January 23, 2012

    It’s sad to read about that woman’s life. She must be so cold sitting there like that.

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 23, 2012

      Yes, cold. But also I never quite know how they/she survive mentally. Best over all day. What goes through your mind like that?

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        Shaun Tamu
        May 2, 2012

        Well i dont realy know if my exprince applies to her’s as there are a lot of diffrences such as sex, class, education, family, tribe , villag and etc. But in the village and in the schols i went to the mentalitly is dont complain, do as your told, finish your work and just generealy do what you have to do, little to no thinking for your self required.

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    mandy
    January 23, 2012

    Scent, smell. I wonder if this place carries a distinctive scent that when you smell the same, no matter where you are, automatically you think of that place and the people/incidents happened around it.

    Consider this is your second time being there, does it have the same scent like the first time?

    Certain perfume/coffee scents remind me of the London airport, likewise one particular smell brings back memory of my deceased grandmother & her house.

    I know I must be sounded odd for asking you question like this but I can’t help it, lost in the scent of dawn reading your post :)

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 24, 2012

      The scent of something is actually a really good trigger to remembering places! Great points Mandy.

      Kathmandu’s main scent is sweet incense. They burn it everywhere. Out in the open, inside just about everywhere. It’s just about more over powering than the stench of traffic fumes.

      After that, at night, it’s the night fires in winter. But yes, to answer your question Kathmandu still smells like Kathmandu :)

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    Giovanna
    January 24, 2012

    Your latest posts look deeper,not that food & drinks ones are not pleasant especially becouse I’ll never taste them, even so there’s a step of quality in your points of view; I wonder if Nepal influences you, or other.

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 24, 2012

      You could try to make some of the food featured here? It’s hard to please everyone. I got a comment a few weeks ago saying they were looking forward to some new food from Nepal that they might not have heard about before. Then there are people who are not interested in it. I try to cover all the main bases.

      I run a poll / survey in my email newsletter where upon I ask people what they prefer here. If you’ve not signed up already, it would be a good place to make your vote count!

      To answer your question about the current posts being deeper and with more meaning. I think as it’s a return journey to a place I like very much I am approaching it differently too.

      Similar to The Philippines after 2 years. The posts got a lot more into the intricate parts of social integration few people dive into.

      At the moment I am approaching Nepal with a deeper sense than many people who first arrive can. I’ve been here before, I’ve enjoyed it, and I’ve thought about what I would do here if I came back. I think that gives me an edge at the moment that you are seeing in my writing.

      I hope you are enjoying it. Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering the Everest Trek I did in the form of my old journal format. I hope you enjoy that as well.

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    hayadeen
    January 26, 2012

    i love morning and i prefer sunrise over sunset.

    it’s a life reminder how lucky i am to be able to wake up and see the sun rises and shines. A gift, of having another day to live.

    I like this post dave, I really do..

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      Dave from The Longest Way Home
      January 27, 2012

      Glad you like it Hayadeen. I like sunsets. But I prefer roaming around at dawn, it seems more is happening with less people.

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    Christine | Grrrl Traveler
    January 27, 2012

    Wow, lovely lovely writing Dave! Would be a great submission for a magazine; the depictions, sounds and scents came alive for me and reminded me of Nepal again.

    … and I didn’t know turning your back on a beggar in the morning was bad luck.

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