Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I watched this online on Netflix the other evening, amazing movie, an old one which received Oscars nomination for best foreign film, filmed in Dolpo, a very very remote part of Nepal near the border with Tibet. It is life changing about a people living in a really inhospitable area of the world. Their way of life is fast changing as mordern tourism enters their area. The French director, Eric Valli spent some nine months in this very difficult area making the movie. That's Eric's CV, the most unusual and remote areas of the Himalayas. I heard somewhere recently that 'when life offers you two paths....choose the difficult one!'
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Evening comes on my first day in Kathmandu and time to look for food. Dahl baht is usually what people eat here. It's vegetarian though meat is readily available but the vegetarian meals are cheap and delicious and probably safer considering how they slaughter their animals and how the carcasses are being stored and handled. I found a Tibetan restaurant near my hotel and there was where I had dinner, a vegetarian Nepalese meal. It was very delicious.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Nepal is number 8 in the misery index, crushing poverty and lack of opportunities is high on the list. There is only a few hours of electicity every day. Roads are mostly unpaved and full of potholes, and crowded with all kinds of vehicles. The people of Nepal really have to put up with a lot of misery, it should make us grateful.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Some Tibetans were making momos and I bought some. I asked them what's inside, they replied, 'buff.' It took me a while to understand what was 'buff'. The cow is sacred and so there is no beef to eat in Nepal. However the buffalo is 'demon' according to one of the guides I had. So they eat buffalo meat and that's why 'buff' is on the menu.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Downtown Kathmandu on a Sunday afternoon is impossible. It's choked with people, vendors, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and every form of transportation. There is a Hindu shrine at almost every corner and vendors are there to sell flowers for 'puja'. I had a guy who offered to take me around but he said, 'not today' because he knew its almost impossible. It was a pity, I tried as best as I could considering the little time I had. It would have been nice to stroll and have all the sights pointed out and explained to me.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Intricately carved wood, beautifully ornate bronzes and stone deities, Patan Durbar square is a delight and a real treat. One can spend a lot of time here and not be bored. Unfortunately I'm always running and rushing through every trip. This was my third major site that Sunday, my first day. I arrived the night before, at 10pm and after all the visa and customs rituals, my taxi took me to my hotel. We passed a really dark city, there were no light because of load shedding. We were on dirt roads full of potholes. I said to myself, when morning comes, 'I'd better see more delightful things'. I did. Kathmandu and Nepal, in spite of their problems is a wonderful place. I was not disappointed. In fact, I'm planning to go back to do some trekking.