Today, Pam, Leena and I shopped in Thamel, and shopped, and shopped, and shopped.  Thamel is a commercial neighborhood in Kathmandu and has been the center of the tourist industry for over four decades.  It is distinguished by its narrow alleys crowded with a variety of shops, vendors, restaurants, cars, taxis, bicycles, motor bikes, rickshaws and tourists.  It's great to see so many tourists again, despite the added congestion. 

You can find almost anything in Thamel, especially: handicrafts, souvenirs, pashminas, clothes, jewelry, singing bowls, fresh vegetables/fruits, trekking and walking gear, music, DVDs, and Gurkha knives.  You will also see travel agencies, small grocery stores, budget hotels and the most unconventional electrical power line system.  Judging by our overloaded backpacks and shopping bags, we did a nice job helping the local economy today!

If you are in St. Louis on Saturday, April 21st, please come to our annual Trivia Night and not only will you have a lot of fun, you'll see all of the great items we bought today in Thamel.