The narrow, crowded streets of Kathmandu make
motorcycles king! At an intersection, the motorcycles
ride to the front, making a sea of motorcycles. Larger
cars, like our own, waded without concern for all the
smaller traffic. Size matters, in Kathmandu!
There is a 6-lane highway that circles Kathmandu,
called "the ring." Built by the Chinese, the ring makes
getting across town possible. The interesting thing
about the ring is it allows ALL forms of locution. There
are people walking and bicycling on the highway.
There are cows SLEEPING on the highway, as well as
over 20 forms of motorized traffic, from scooters,
jitneys, cars, to huge trucks.
The cows are sacred, so WATCH OUT FOR THE
COWS! And pedestrians crossing the 6-lane highway
are advised to walk slowly, to appear stationary and so
easily avoided by those travelling faster. Another
suggestion for pedestrians: don't make eye contact with
the drivers of approaching vehicles! If the drivers know
that you know they are there, the drivers will expect you
to move out of the way.
Oh, and another rule of the 6-lane highway: any lane
can be used for any direction! I have seen times when 6
vehicles going one way in each of the 6 lanes are
heading at 50 mph towards 6 oncoming vehicles.
Somehow, at the last minute, everyone moves aside
according to some unkown-to-me rules. One rule: if
you are smaller, you move out of the way.
Travelling on the ring is the closest I've gotten to
knowing what it must be like to be a packet on the