We are getting back into the swing of things here in Boudha.
On the way home from dinner, we pass the stupa and get in touch with all our dog friends. I don't know if these dogs remember me from last trip or they just like the smell of foreigners. In any case, I got a nice welcome.
We started our evening with this fabulous view from the Saturday Cafe high above the stupa. I wish you could hear the chanting, the temple bells, the low rumble of prayers that complete this scene. A man goes round the stupa with his censer filled with myrhh, delighting the nose as well.
The South African World Cut FIFA games are televised nightly at 7:45 pm and a quarter after midnight here in Boudha. This large rear-screen projection screen is in a pleasant garden surrounded by corn fields. The Tibetan Dream Factory is a non-profit restaurant with proceeds going to help Tibetan refugees. Not only money, but training is included in their largess. We had a Thai red curry and a Thai green curry as we watched the game between Holland and Slovakia. They used to have a cook trained in Calcutta who made the exotic curry, and I guess he has moved on. The curries were good, but not a trace of Thai flavor remains. Oh, well.
I ordered many signs yesterday. If you would like your pet immortalized on metal by a Nepalese artist, please send me a photo of your pet, I will give it to 3 Nepali artists. You have no risk as I take no money up front. If you do not like any of the 3 portraits of your pet, you pay nothing. All 3 artists are paid fair trade wages in any case.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. You can also go to NepalDog.com to see more about the project.