Nepal via Royal Nepal Airlines  -  Oct. 22 to 27, 1974

I guess I was still dreaming about Thailand so when I got in this airport Taxi in Katmandu I really didn’t have any expectations.

{The following is from my Journal}

The taxi driver tells me that today is a “special religious holiday”, and that’s why this fellow next to us just lobed off the head of this chicken and he’s got the body in both hands and letting the spurting blood fall on to his somewhat new looking Vespa (motor-scooter).

This sacrifice and blessing (extravaganza) went on for 3 days and many goats, sheep, chickens and maybe even a few cows came to their abrupt end in the name of this holiday. So I’m trying to get into the vibe of this untidy and spiritual place, in fact its so spiritual people just forgot to take out the trash.

Well I like it a lot. One morning with a group of paid travelers, we take a Land Rover through the countryside, starting out at 4:00am, by sun up we come over a hill and get a wonderful view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. Visits to the local temples are what everyone does. The experience is a blend of the Horrible, Absurd and the funny and somehow this comes out as a religion…. but not a dead serious religion but a belief that attempts to release the soul (wrong word) rather than trample on it. It takes awhile to get it.