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Live from Kathmandu: Around Boudha

Boudha is where I hang my hat while in Kathmandu...

Butter lamp sellers in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Butter lamp sellers in Boudha

From our new favorite tea stall, we can watch the butter lamp sellers.   That huge building in the background is a new boutique hotel going up, the future of Boudha...   Soon this little tea stall will be replaced by some similar big building.   Boudha is spreading vertically.  That said, the hotel has lots of nice details, including Tibetan painted trim, huge picture windows and statuary.


This is the view from our thonba parlor in Boudha.   Thonba is a Tibetan fermented millet beer.   It is mildly alcoholic and one drinks it from a wooden vessel using a bamboo straw.   It is gluten free and delicious.   Deepak's chowmein and buff momos are also tasty.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudha Stupa

People circumnavigate the World Heritage site that is Boudhanath Stupa.

World Heritage site Boudhanath
Lost key cabinet at Boudha Stupa

Near the upper right hand corner of this photo, there is a lost keys cabinet.   It is always full...

Butter lamps at dusk at Boudhanath Stupa

Butter lamps are often placed around the Stupa, but not every night.   Just the auspicious ones!


Himalayan Black, White and Pink salts for sale
Himalayan Black,White and Pink Salt

Himalayan rock salt comes in black, white and pink.   Tibetans were famous for their salt and was one of their major trade items for centuries.


Dogs sleep while everyone else circumnavigates the Stupa in Boudhanath.

Folk art beware of dog sign in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Beware of Dog sign in Boudha

This sign, hand painted on metal is typical of the Danger Dog signs that inspired my fair trade art project.   These signs are becoming rarer every time I visit Nepal (twice a year).


Want to immortalize your pet?   .,

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 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.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

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!

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $22 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!


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