Here are three favorite diversions to seek out when visiting exotic locations: rooftop restaurants, music clubs, and a local golf course. Golf we’ll get to later.
Rooftop restaurants. In an Asian city it’s nice be above the hoi polloi. The air is a bit cleaner. The view of thronging, endlessly fascinating streets below is more entertaining and less of a scrum if you are watching it from above instead of navigating through it. There is lot interesting to be stuff to be seen on 3rd world roof tops … laundry to love making . Here is my artistically metaphorical photo of the great Buddhist temple of Boudhanath … which I saved just before Jacki hit the delete button (several times actually ?)
Usually you find local music in the street or in saloons and restaurants. Local music is, of course, a great atmospheric … a sound track for the local culture. Even the most foreign sounds can be toe-tapping after a few jumbo Everest beers, and you will almost always see and hear some unrecognizable instruments, usually home-made. We found this little restaurant in KTM from a sign on the street.
I have the cd. It’s still in its shrink wrap like most of my other native music cds . I bought it because this sweetly smiling something-player came to our table and told us the proceeds from the cd …. ‘were for the children’.
Toasting good bye to KTM … avoiding eye contact with a hippie King Birenda’s 1972 purge apparently overlooked