The other change for Nepal after we left was a major landslide on the main road north of Kathmandu. We followed with interest the Kathmandu to Istanbul blog as they worked to figure out how to get everybody across the section that was not passable for vehicles. A minor problem for them (and great bragging rights, I think) but a major issue for Nepal when its only north south route is cut.
|I love this photo that Alicia took on our river cruise in Chitwan National Park.|
It makes me look like the grand explorer.
|Retail therapy in Kathmandu. OK, not made in Kathmandu, but|
hand embroidered by the ladies in the shopkeeper's village in
India, just across the border. My living room is going
to be festooned in assorted pillow cover sized fabric arts!
|Driving into Nepal, we are starting the long downhill drive.|
|Wee friend at the Last Resort|
|Crossing this bridge from Calypso to the resort was more than|
enough for me. These crazy folks are waiting to jump off
|terraced rice fields. Terraced by hand over hundreds of years|
|Health and safety. This guy was in flip flops and using a metal|
ladder to work on the loose wires.
|Our stay in Kathmandu was a sensory delight. These|
quilts were embroidered by hand and a full sized bed quilt
would cost the outrageous price of about 50 USD
|Visit to the monkey temple. We got there by tuk tuk|
and then back by taxi. Part of the experience.
|Eyes of the Buddah. On everything. Including a lovely wee|
purse I purchased in Tibet (made in Nepal)
|Snow leopards guarding something. Any time you|
saw snow leopards, you knew there was a Tibet connection.
|Thhis little fellow had a lovely time entertaining the pigeonns|
|Nico organized a group meal complete with local dancers.|
|Courtesy local alcohol (rocket fuel) served in unglazed|
crockery that I think was supposed to be thrown on the floor.
|views of the Annapurna range from Pokara|
|One day we walked around the lake. This dog followed us from|
almost the beginning. Defended us from several sets of dogs (who clearly
thought he was invading their turf). Then stopped off at his house
as we passed it.
|And the mountain itself (Annapurna) sneaking out from|
the clouds as we drove away from Pokara
|Alicia in front of me in the canoe|
|Our guide showing us one of the many bugs|
|Breeding center for elephants. I found it very sad to see|
the animals tied so they could not move at all. Many behaviours
that showed how traumatized they were.
|Throughout Asia we saw these guys - great at eating insects.|
|It was Shiva's birthday as we were travelling into India|
we passed dozens of processions with people carrying containers
of water from the Ganges and all dressed in orange.
|The Ganges (upstream, so not yet horridly poluted)|
|Trying to get the Nepal Carcassone game completed before the border|
|Nepal side of the border. The Nepal/India border was|
so relaxed that we missed it and had to go back across the bridge
and start over.