The Morning Air
Dec 2, 2017-There is something about the Kathmandu’s winter mornings. When early sunlight hits the dewed streets and the city begins to stir awake, time feels slow and the air lighter. While some parts of the city seem to wake up begrudgingly, Asan is up and about early.
As the throbbing ancient heart of Kathmandu, Asan truly lives up to its reputation. At the crack of dawn, vendors and traders are already setting up shop waiting for their first customers. Then, as the early shoppers arrive, the cackle of small talk, bargaining and laughter fills the ancient quarter.
The true spirit of the Valley’s beloved tea culture can also be observed here, as small tea shops spontaneously open up in its every nook and corner with customers, newspaper in hand, arriving for their early morning gossip and punditry.
As you move up and down Asan’s alleyways, you can see shopkeepers busy polishing, cleaning and arranging their shops for the day as the smell of the freshly-lit incents fill the air.
These little early-morning moments are often taken for granted, but it sets much of the tone for the city life identity. Were you to head down to Asan on a crisp winter morning, you’d be swept away too, finding sudden magic in unexpected places which are sure to set you smiling for the rest of the day.
Published: 02-12-2017 08:31