Days 2 and 3 in Nepal have been a whirlwind of color, cab fares, and cameras.
Monday we woke up at the crack of 4am thanks to jet lag. We prepped all morning and were picked up in the blue VW Bug by Miss Hawley’s driver. Filmed the ride with the 5D till we reached her house. She was happy enough to see us and despite the pain she’s in gave us a two-hour long interview.
She is a wonderful character. We learned that she doesn’t like to talk about herself much, but has some fantastic stories. But she doesn’t understand why we find her interesting. She never felt like she wanted to return to the US and said she wouldn’t know how to live there now. It’s so changed and she has become so used to her life here she couldn’t give up her home and servants. I find it amazing how independent she is and has always been. It’s heartbreaking to see how much this injury is affecting her.
Tuesday was b-roll day. We hit up some major sites. After solving cell phone and relationship issues in the morning we tried to get in a cab to Durham Square. Unfortunately none of the drivers seemed to know where the most popular tourist site in the city was, but to take us there they were certain it would cost 600 rupees. So we retreated back to the clubhouse to find a sister to help us clarify. We made it there and got some good temple and street scene shots. We made a friend with a girl and her brother there. They wanted to practice their English and we needed directions to walk to Thamel, so they took us there (no easy task in these crazy streets). Never lose focus on where you’re walking and who is running you over.
We poked around the shops and found the Rum Doodle in its new location (lonely planet guide has only failed us once). This restaurant/bar offers free food and drink for life to anyone who has summitted Everest. There was a wall of signatures and signed papers shaped like yeti feet all over the walls and ceiling.
Quick jaunt home to download footage and get out of the afternoon rain then we went back at it to Bodhnath, a giant stupa covered in prayer flags and full of circumambulating visitors. Definitely the most peaceful place we have seen yet. All of my Tibetan Buddhist art history class was coming back to me big time. We decided to eat at a rooftop restaurant so we could do a timelapse of the city during the sunset. It was a little cloudy, but we made friends with our waiters (they were bored and we had a Polaroid camera not to mention we were the only customers).
Then it was back home to recharge before we meet Miss Hawley again in the morning.