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March 2011

Live from Kathmandu! Miscellany!

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What are the odds that we woud find TWO amorous bulls in love with motorcycles?   Dan tells me that this young bull also licked the motorcycle seat as foreplay!

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My beautiful girlfriend Pratima has opened her new beauty parlor/facial salon on the Mahenkel Road in Boudha.   Pratima hired my artist Megh Raj Thapa for the painting on the windows.  

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Pratima recently studied at a beauty college in Delhi and runs a full service salon, offering waxing, skincare, manicures and pedicures, as well as hairdressing.  I'm definitely going to give her a try!

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Sundown from our balcony at the Dragon Guest House in Boudha.   That large blue roof is a carpet factory.

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Dinner was vegetable curry with potato paratha and garlin naan at the Cafe Dream.   The food was delicious and it all came out hot - though not at the same time.

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I felt I was in a bit of a time 'warp' with this menu.   Could 'Cardom Bull' possibly be 'Cordon Bleu'?

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This little Nepali Spitz dog named Sing-ee  (We call him Siggy after our boxer friend in San Diego) joined us for breakfast at a friend's house.  Spitz's are very popular here in Nepal.

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This long-haired dachshund lives in a monastery right next door to where we had breakfast.   This guy has just had his bath and is soaking wet and is rubbing mightily to dry off.

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Today was the day when they spray new yellow water around the Boudhanath Stupa.   There were some ladies in their native dress that were involved somehow.   This is the view that i have right now as I look over my right shoulder.   Wish you were here.

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 

 

 

 

 


Live from Kathmandu

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This hand-painted version of the common stencilled sign waits to dry next to Nepali license plates.   In the signboard world, this is license plate season, a mad dash to paint everyone's new plates.   I am sure the artists will be happy to paint something more creative.  

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This lovely nighttime fruit stand is what Kathmandu looks like at night.   Only in reality it is in focus!   I am working on finding a tripod to see if I can improve on shots like these.

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These people need a new Beware of Dog sign!   I do like the fact that Ayko gets to roam free of the gate.

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It was through this little Beware of the Dog sign that I found one of my favorite artists, Hari Timesina.   I jumped off the mini-bus to photograph the sign and Hari's studio was just across the street.

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This, alas, is a photo from last trip.   The unseasonal rains have prevented such views of the mountains, even though this is supposed to be the season of good views.   Anyway, it is good to be reminded that these beautiful mountains are out there.   This photo was taken from the rooftop of a favorite restaurant - The Saturday Cafe - in Boudha.

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It is not too late to order your very own Danger Dog.   Above is Zeke by Megh Raj, Sabala and Sanjib Rana.   Zeke's owner chose the close up by Sabala, but it would have been a difficult choice for me.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 

 


Live from Kathmandu!

There is a new signboard painter in town.  

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As you can see, the paintings of the two videographers are quite realistic.   The shop owner does not know the name of the artist.   The hunt is on!   I know he is short and works near Jorpati.   Course, everyone is short to me!

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The view  of Boudha's stupa from a friend's balcony.  The weather is unseasonably wet here, but the rain is a welcome sight keeping dust down and giving much-needed water to the plants.  

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This gate's mascot is on the way to oblivion. 
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Kathmandu has its share of cats, too.   This is Popsy who shines in her black and white and red environment.   Popsy is a cat rescued from the streets of Calcutta!   Lucky girl. 

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Here Popsy relaxes in her favorite chair (wrapped and designed by Popsy's rescuer).

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Here's an innovative way to recycle both newspapers and kitty litter.   Does anyone's cat use anything like this?   It seems like a good idea.
 

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While walking last night, we came across this bubbly puppy and his two mistresses.   They have their hands full.   He is a Dairy Store puppy, almost as lucky as a butcher shop dog!

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Above is Molly by Shree Lamachhaine, a Danger Dog from a former trip.  Your dog could be immortalized on metal as was Molly!

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 

 


Live from Kathmandu - An Amourous Bull & Other Animals

While wandering the back streets of Boudha, I came across a young bull licking a motorcycle seat. 

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Turns out it was foreplay!   Many people stopped and laughed, but I never saw the owner of the bike.   Soon after this photo was taken, the horny young stud started bellowing.

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This young Lhasa Apso is named Diki.  He (she?) was thorougly ensconces on his owner's lap, but quickly jumped off to bark at a passing dog.

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This Lhasa Apso guards his turf, while his companion Springer Spaniel calmly watches.     Dogs are a big part of daily life here. 

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These rather large monkeys perch outside our guest house garden.   They appear to be watching the action in a nearby soccer field.

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If you look closely, you can see an owl nesting in the eaves of this lovely old tradional Nepali home.

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A couple of puppies wiggled under a fence and into Dan's arms outside a new restaurant we passed by.

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The beautiful Bodilee surveys her domain from on top of the compost pile.

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Jackie, Bodilee's paramour, is a Nepali hunting dog.

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On the political front, there are still protests occurring almost daily of one sort or another.   Most are peaceful.   I was told that these people are Christians, but many wore the red tikka on their foreheads.  

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And as I began this post, there was a crowd gathering outside to hear the President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, speak on behalf of peace in the world and hope for the Japanese people in their time of trouble.   This photo was taken from the window of the Cyber Cafe where I am now typing.  

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This is Ozzie, by Sagar.   This is an example of the great portraits that you can order of your pet while I am here in Nepal.   More info below.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 


Live from Kathmandu!

We arrrived late Friday night after a 30-hour flight, slept for 7 hours, woke up at 6am and hit the ground running!

The first stop was the Kathmandu Saturday Farmer's Market.   This weekly market is at the Restaurant 1905, a former 'Rana Palace' turned into a restaurant.

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The Farmer's Market has grown since I last reported it last year.   The vendors include not only fresh and organic vegetables, but ayervedic medicines and potions, teas, local cheeses, preserves and even Italian style gelatto.

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This man sell his organic vegetables with his beloved dachshund Nema on his lap.   Nema is as sweet in temper as she looks, one of those soft and loving Dachsies.

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The garden in the restaurant is in full bloom.  The weather is quite pleasant here in late March!   Short sleeves are the order of the day.

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More scenes from the garden of 1905 Restaurant.

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Kathmandu would not be complete without at least one new Beware of Dog sign found on the streets of the city.   Love those teeth!

I did not see any electricity on Saturday in Kathmandu.   Apparently my area had some from 11am to 4pm, but I was across the city in another black out zone.  

More tomorrow!   Stay tuned for Live from Kathmandu.