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Why I love Nepal - Boudha!

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.

Football fever has hit Nepal, with these young men playing even in a light rain.

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.

Who's minding the store?   

A beware of dog signboard on its last legs.  

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 with any questions or comments.   You can also go to to see more about the project.


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