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The day I visited the Swayambhunath temple, on the western outskirts of Kathmandu, it was drizzly and overcast, but at the bottom of the eastern stairway there was a small market which looked so colourful despite the dull weather. I wandered around in the mud for a while, snapping photographs, and nobody seemed to be bothered by my presence, despite being the only foreigner there. Perhaps that is because they are so used to tourists – Swayambhunath being the temple with the famous Buddha eyes, and one of the ‘must see’ sights of Nepal – that the locals just ignore the camera totting visitors and get on with the important business of buying their provisions.

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