Dear Kathmandu your Imagination is here

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If you can paint in Nepal you can paint anywhere.

Things I’ve learned so far:

  • Priming a raw cement wall is not fun when you’re alone in 90 degrees heat
  • You cannot buy paint in gallons. So be prepared to carry many 1 litre cups of paint for a huge wall
  • There is no easy way to open those little plastic cups unless you puncture it or your nails start bleeding.
  • Paint in Nepal does not come in a ready-to-use format like at Home Depot. Once you buy your paint, you need to “pour however much water you think you need” and mix it “real fast”. With a stick.
  • Paint does not come pre-mixed and ready to use because our water has so much crap in it that over time, the paint grows fungus. This is why you only mix the paint with water right before usage.
  • Spray paint is available only because people like to customize their motorbikes. Maybe this is why the only available colors were black, red, white and gold. Wait. Why gold?
  • A can of spray paint is very very expensive compared to a liter of paint.
  • Spray paint is a luxury I will savor and use unless someone wants to pay for all my paint and pay me to do a huge wall. Then I will happily use spray paint ^_^
  • Be okay with the fact that you will not be able to paint from 12-4PM because of the heat. So, start at 5:30AM and take a 4 hour break and come back to paint in the evening if you wish – it gets breezy and cool and there aren’t as many cars on the street so your chances of getting run over is less. This is always a good thing in Kathmandu.

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