|Thamel - morning street scene|
|guesthouse breakfast courtyard|
|monekys at the main stupa|
|this temple may no longer exist|
|i like big Boudhnath and i cannot lie|
flags dancing optimistically in the wind. Maybe size really does matter. Reports are that this site did not suffer much damage at all. So nice to hear a bit of good news among all the terrible reports.
|felted wool slippers|
|the Kumari's palace|
We wrapped up our Kathmandu weekend with a morning stroll through the serene Garden of Dreams and an early afternoon leg and foot massage before a last taste of momos- tasty dumplings with various fillings- my favorite was the "buff" (water buffalo) done "combo" style. Momos can be steamed or fried or, for those of us who can't make our minds, "combo" style where they're steamed and then pan fried on one side. We went to the Momo Hut, which I am convinced could be a wildly successful international franchise operation. Who doesn't love dumplings? We had veggie, pork, chicken, buff and even some non-traditional dessert momos!
|colorful wares for sale on the steps of a shrine|
Dubai is home to thousands of Nepalese ex-pats. Our plane home was mostly full of eager seeming young men sporting matching hats with a construction company logo and clutching work visa papers. Their jobs in Dubai are likely to be pretty tough and their working and living conditions not-enviable but they come by the hundreds all the time because despite all of the drawbacks, the earning potential is here and not at home in Nepal. A couple of the guys who work the desk in my apartment building are also from Nepal, thankfully their families were not injured, they are struggling, however with damage to homes and such a major hit to an already weak infrastructure. I'm rooting for Nepal and am so proud of the out pouring of support and aid, both governmental and personal, from the US and the UAE. I'm hoping for the chance to revisit this lovely place soon!
|spinning prayer wheels at the monkey temple complex|
|the handmade hammered alloy bowl energizing water in Bhaktapur|
|doorways on a street near Durbar Square|
|keeping up with the news in Durbar Square|
|school girls doing pooja (like a prayer/ blessing) at a temple in Durbar Square|
|In the Garden of Dreams|