In Bhaktapur, the Icelander wanted to really know the logistics of the ancient city for the next book he is writing; so J, L and I went off on our own to see the sights. We walked for a couple hours, had a snack and then proceeded to look at all the shops. I had no intention on buying anything until we went into a the elder gentleman running it caught our eye. So many times it’s not necessarily the item but the owner that draws me into a place. L who picked up Nepalese in the 2 months that she has been here proceeded to haggle with him over the price of a necklace that I wanted. We all cracked up (him at a “foreigner” speaking Nepalese; L at his stubbornness in price; and me at the whole situation). We ended up with 4 necklaces and a pair of earrings for 1100 rupees (about $15). I’m not sure what I’ll do without L when she leaves!
Bhaktapur is known for their wood carving and it shows in the intricate temples, doorways, windows and architecture.