Sunday, October 18, 2009

Deepawali


Since we last posted we have visited the Himalayan mountain town of Dhulikel where we ate dhal baat twice a day and mandarins off the trees, climbed 1,000 more stairs to a newly-built large golden Buddha, and purchased an electric kettle. We actually stayed just outside Dhulikhel on the top floor of a warm and friendly family's home. Being in Dhulikhel was peaceful and rejuvenative and offered a nice break from all the pollution and noise of the city, but yesterday we took a very long bouncy bus ride to Pokhara which left our eyes burning and snot black.

In Nepal, it is Deepawali the Festival of lights. As one local explained to us: on the first day, everyone feeds the crows and on the second day, the bulls. On the third day all the children prance around the city in fancy costumes singing and dancing and collecting donations from local business owners. On the fourth day the women sing and the next day the men do. On the last and most important day (this Tuesday) all the brothers and sisters exchange gifts.

Pokhara was lit up last night by birthday candles affixed to the sidewalks and decorated by small circular chalk drawings outside shops and homes. Throughout that evening and today, what seemed like spontaneous dances and music performances filled the streets. Everyone is in a very festive mood and it's exciting to be here.

We are staying in what our hotel owner called "a simple room." Cockroaches and geckos may pay occasional visits but it directly overlooks Phewa Tal lake and only costs 3 US dollars. As an added bonus there is fresh mint growing out front, which we have been using in conjunction with our kettle to make tea.

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Love,

Jeremy and Ali

1 comment:

Cindy Pincus said...

I think the best word to describe all of this is.....AWE FULL! Full of awe am I at your grand adventure. The lama, the tea, the stairs, the festivals, and everything else you are seeing and can't even begin to cram into a blog post. I miss you both but missing is too little for the excitement and support I have for you and your journey. Live it up, keep the unholy rice out of your hair (although the holy stuff is fine) and keep us updated.

LOVE!