I love taking a stroll around the streets of any city that I find myself in, particularly in a city in which the streets are alive as is the case in much of Asia. Mornings are especially interesting when streets, in a matter of minutes, come to life not just with the coming and going of people going about their daily routines, but also often with street markets that add not just the array of sounds and colours, but a sense of life as it is lived on the streets. Kathmandu, where I found myself with some friend in April is one place in which the an early morning stroll offers the visitor not just an opportunity to see the streets come alive, but also to see Kathmandu as it would be, unadulterated and clear of the hoards of tourists that throng the streets later in the day and without the distractions of what is on offer at the shops that lay behind the closed shutters of the early morning.
Children getting ready to go to school.
The early morning street scene.
Nepali pastries that seem to be a popular choice for breakfast.
The scene outside the pastry shop.
Opened padlocks lined up against the window sill as a shopkeeper opens for the day.
Rickshaws riders waiting for customers.
Workers waiting for their transport to arrive.
Judokas on an early morning jog through the streets.
A delivery man on his rounds.
A milkman carries a milkcan on his shoulders.
A vegetable vendor sets up shop in an alley.
The butcher's shop.
Customers watch as a butcher carves goat meat.
A lady holding a child buying food from a mobile vendor.
Salt being sold at a sundry shop.
Sunlight streams into an abandoned shop.
A vegetable vendor transporting his goods on a bicycle.
A tailor gets down to work in a hole in the wall.
A butcher's shop.
A mobile vendor balancing his wares on his head.
Vegetables on sale on the sidewalk.
Snacks on sale.
The breakfast crowd at a bread shop.
The scene in a schoolyard.
A reluctant customer at a barbershop.