Swayambhunath Stupa, the `Monkey Temple`

Once Sean was feeling better we did a day trip to the Swayambhunath Stupa, nicknamed the Monkey Temple. The taxi driver who took us was very friendly and helpful and also helped us buy bus tickets. I was so excited to see the monkeys, the place was crawling with them! They were rhesus macaques and Sean was worried they`d steal our things as he`s had that happen in the past. Tiny ones hitched rides on their mothers and the light posts and things like that were covered in barbed wire so the monkeys wouldn`t break things. They ran past vendors to steal fruit and the locals carried sticks to ward them off. The temple is at the top of a hill so we got a good view of Kathmandu although it was very smoggy as always. Sean was very surprised not to see any skyscrapers.

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