what’s the rules of the road… of driving?
Rules? Yeah, are there any rules? -Yeah, there are a lot of rules. No, cause I see like,
there’s no lines. -Ohhh. – This one line. But no one really follows it (laughing). And here we are in Katmandu. A 30-day visa for Nepal. It cost me $40 USD American. You have to pay in cash. You CAN pay in ruppees, you can pay in Swiss Francs.
The $25 Visa was for 15 days. And we’re off. That’s like
all the people waiting… for their people, I guess. What was your name again, one more time?
-Surin. Surin?
-We just waited for you like a long time. So (looking for ) you at
every like single girls, like filming themselves. My team picked me up! I have been really fortunate to be able to have been invited to Nepal through the Himalayan Travel
Mart Conference which is going on. Because it’s gonna be a wild ride.
Where? Durbar Square?… Didn’t that collapse or only just parts of it?
-Some of the part it got collapsed… the wall part. Not the palace. Wow I am at Tibet House . This hotel is a
little bit outside of Thamel, maybe about a kilometer and maybe four kilometers
from … Swayambunath. I started unpacking and charging my stuff. Here is the
bathroom, nice partition there… and we have the bum gun, which sounds like a really
great idea actually, because I’m not showered in the past 36 hours. My balcony. Say hello to
the construction guys! Everyone wave. The toiletries they have here are Nepalese. It’s kind of
like Indian to some degree. I dig this kind of stuff. They are actually
really good products like Neem soap, ayurvedic soap… I love this. I mean, it
doesn’t smell very pretty but you know you’re killing a bacteria using this.
It’s like a green bar. Sunsilk is made in Nepal and you’ll see the
billiards you know, the banners… up on the streets
and stuff like that for Sunsilk. You also see it in India too and I like this brand
actually. You don’t find it in the US. I think you can only get it in like
specialty Indian stores. I like it because it tames my thick, dark Asian hair.
They work for me. Completely. Better than you know, American brands.
Sometimes the Western brands are made for Western… well, I’m Western… but they’re made
for Caucasian people. Going to Asia, I get products that work for like Polynesian
Asian people… and skin types and hair types … stuff like that. You can see
the aftermath and my my arrival here. Yep it’s so disorganized right now but I
just have to get the essentials out and locked into their charging stations.
Now my first hotel is located a little outside of Thamel, in Lazimpat. I’m probably killing that word. It’s a little ways, around 20 minutes walk to Thamel and
there’s no streetlights. I asked the front desk if it would be
safe and he said at latest (to stay out),maybe around 10 o’clock. Today’s my first day in Kathmandu and um, the only thing that’s striking me as kind of scary being alone is that
there are no lights for crossing the street. The streets are in like disrepair
so crossing the street is kind of scary to me, because it’s just so dark. And
you’re hoping that people will see you and I guess they do, but you’ll see like
men, women and children and teens out on the street so it has to be somewhat safe. The second thing I’m finding
intimidating is that there’s a lot of potholes in the sidewalks and the
streets. Big pothole there. I should’ve brought my scarf. It’s a lot of inhaling dust.
Note to self: next time wear shoes, bring a scarf and wear something bright so that people can see you.
Here we are in Thamel. Nepal is technically my first solo trip abroad I
was here almost a decade ago and it’s a country and people I remember warmly.
Walking through these streets is like saying hello to an old friend.
It’s like not much has changed. Walking through the streets, certain places came
back to me (my memory) really quickly. Thamel is a traveler’s shopping paradise.
Streets are lined with restaurants and shops, selling everything from
The NorthFace knockoffs to funky knitted craft wear items. Bauji…. Veg cutlet… paratha.
And yogurt…. and watermelon juice. For a lot of people here, face masks are
very essential and that’s because the dust on the road gets kicked up
a lot. You’ll see like a lot of the roads are just like a cloud of haze. It’s a
little less in places… tourist places like Thamel, where there is no traffic
allowed or very little. So for streets like this you might want
to invest in a face mask or at least carry a good scarf so you can scarf it or cover your face. That’s a bus stop. I can already tell that I feel a little
intimidated taking the bus here. One of my goals while I’m here is to use the bus
to get around. This is only my second day here, but I feel a little intimidated watching this and that’s because what I’m gathering from looking at this
bus stop alone and all the people across the street waiting for their bus… What
I’m gathering by watching this, is the fare collector will hang out the bus and
he will call out the the destinations this bus gonna make and if you’re
interested you just have to run up. I think you kind of need to have an ear for what your stops are. You see there’s a fare collector hanging out and
he’s calling it out… he’s calling out the stop and sometimes the bus makes the stop… full stop . Sometimes, the bus kind of has a rolling stop that
doesn’t quite stop. And you just kind of run and hop on. I’m gonna toss him Nepalese people and
ask them a little more about the bus system, so I get it down. There are two
bus stations or bus pads in Katmandu and I think it’s a little more organized than
this, but even thinking about how I’m going to get off on my stop.. I’m gonna have to
sit up at the front and make sure that they know they have a foreign tourist
in the in the bus. One thing you’ll notice when you’re in
Nepal are the jumble of electrical wires. I would not want to be an electrician in
this country. I don’t even know how they figure that
out ,if something goes wrong. Oh my goodness this is actually an electrician. What’s that smell? I feel like something smoking out. I was starting to smell like, pot (aka marajuana) and that’s because a lot of this “weed” actually
grows in the wild here. You know it’s really kind of everywhere. It’s everywhere over
here. Every destination has its highs and lows. My goal is to just kind of show you
the broad range of experiences and how you can enjoy your trip and how you can
tackle travel survival and all that stuff.
Remember my written guides are always gonna be like the technical information
and my videos are gonna be more of the experiential ones. So I hope you guys
enjoy. I think I do this so that you,…you all can have a connection with the
country before you arrive, as well as a lot of information about it so that you
can survive the culture shock which is the fun of travel!

100 thoughts on “First Impressions KATHMANDU | CULTURE SHOCK NEPAL

  1. I'll be honest nepal has one of the shittiest road rules regulations it doesnt even meet the basic criteria that should be regulated for safety purposes people here just dont give a fuck i mean there are a few exceptions who actually do know the rules but i hardly see handfull implementing it… side light what is that for nepalese its just a thing thats there its gonna stay there and go unused… even the government doesnt even provide street lamps and i have to blind my eyes on those high beams and estimate my distance and hope and pray that i dont fall in an accident

  2. I really ENJOY your insights though all these are very common to me…. However, seeing our lands from a westerner's eye is amusing and very enjoyable!!!

  3. then u dont know nepal .. dont compare nepal on basis of kathmandu .. lots of development is going on.. you are always welcome ..

  4. Christine,you arrived here too late missing Kathmandu in a pristine state.Bob Dylan was here in nineteen seventy when it was heavenly and almost all free.He rejuvenated himself being in Kathmandu.He sang no song of cultural shock or photogenic blues.Well,unlike Bob Seager, you could sing..Kkkk Kathmandu,It is not where I am going to.Still,You gotta fulfill your Himalayan dream.It could very well be the wonderful Rolwaling.You could set yourself as free as a child,the gift of Mother Nature everywhere growing wild.

  5. I am from Kathmandu Nepal.
    Next time, for public transport, try using a the three wheeler gas or electric tempo or the Hiace microbus. The Tempo is more comfortable, as it is easier to talk to the driver, and the seating is more comfortable.
    While crossing the road in junctions, try asking for help from traffic cops. They will understand some English, and are helpful.

  6. I love this video. So enjoyable to watch and listen. My favourite scene is at 8:42. You should eat some of that leaves. Are good for health. It won't make you high. Big thanks.

  7. Thank you for your sweet video
    And for spreading the beauty of nepal to all over the world
    We hope you will visit as soon as possible

  8. haha potholes,damaged roads,dust pollutions and dagerous road well welcome to kathmandu oh yeah and that electric poles and hilarious too

  9. Nepalese public transportation is funny isn't it๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  10. People there must think you are local. I totally agree about the scarf as a quick mouth cover. A gargle is a good idea. Even just salt water gargle a bad throat is so common among locals and travelers.

  11. I never use local buses. Too hot and messy. A driver per day is not expensive and itโ€™s a good job for him. He will take you everywhere, give you advice and introduce you to his family. A private driver to Pokhara sounds elitist but you can stop everywhere.

  12. You can buy facr mask at every convenience store and pharmacy.
    People are nice there if you don't know something ask anyone and they will help you.

  13. Nepali subscriber added… Love from nepal… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  14. that huge alphabets on one of the bus saying "GREEN CITY" might have confused the viewers….. but thanks to you, the weed plants cleared everyone's head for that….:)

  15. Western produts are not made for us. They simple have more quimicals. Ok. And there is more natural. And alsp there is conspiration teoriy that quimical makes us more dumm since we have more education so they do that. But forgeting that is simply that we are very industrial. Not because is for us. Many years ago was not like this here. And america is new country that is a mixt. I also think there produts is better amd i am white. Has nothing to do that u are asian or not.

  16. Hey Christine..Can I share this video with you because I liked this video. I want to share this video with my friends.

  17. โคโคโคโค๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• LOVE YOUR VIDEOS !!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•โคโคโคโค

  18. Weed is such a formal stuff in Nepal, like there was school and week growing out of fence and noone cared and it wasent a bad thing.

  19. Just get out of Kathmandu to feel the beauty of Nepal.
    So ashamed to see the pathetic situation of the so-called capital city.
    Our mayor of Kathmandu is in a long sleep. Hope, someday the youth of our generation will come in power and change it all like a dream.

  20. Thank you for the video, Nepal is a beautiful country, but still has to do a lot for tourists safety and ease of traveling.

  21. Wow! A bathtub! They don't hardly exist here. After the earthquake a friend offered me a night at the Vajra and there was a bathtub in the room. I guess I had forgotten little luxuries like that. I've lived here for 7 years now and I love it. I have a Youtube channel. I hope to help fund our little agency to help rebuild homes from the earthquake of 2015.
    I admire how you just show up at a destination. I'm enjoying your videos. Our video channel is more of an insider's tips kind of thing. I hope you come back to Nepal again. If you do, I hope you come to our little village.

  22. Thanks for visiting Nepal. Hope you really enjoyed. But we are very sorry about transportation it's very difficult. we hope so it will be development in future. thanks again and always welcome.

  23. Damn, weed grows wild in Nepal ? Let me check up how to get to Kathmandu. I have to visit Kathmandu. I need to get to Kathmandu

  24. India, Nepal, Pakistan and the like are just too messy and dirty for most people from the developed world to visit. Itโ€™s more for the adventurous.

  25. GRRRLTRAVELER | Christine Kaaloa :::: Hey Christine, this was published in December 2017, but it doesnโ€™t look cold out. When was this vlog made I wonder??

    Yes, please, more food videos, show us what you eat for all your meals, we are interested!! Spend more time on you meals – not just a quick shot. I would love to know what hotels serve for breakfast, for example.

  26. Now, there r solar street lights and electricity supply always. Ride Shajha Bus for public transport. Dust, due to Melamchi water supply project, under construction, 97 percent work done. Lot of changes, since. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. One day I asked the same question. Kathmandu Taxi driver replied – "there are three rules – 1.Use horn loudly/continually 2. Don't look back 3. Me first".
    Bless everyone in Nepal, the most beautiful country in the world.

    Shanti Shanti.

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