News from Nepal
My adventures as a volunteer in Nepal and traveller overseas
  • The sights of old Patan

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  • News from Nepal turns one today! On this day, one year ago, I created this blog with the intention of writing about my time in Nepal after accepting a job there.

    My time in Nepal has been incredibly important for me and my growth as a person. My work assignment is drawing to a close, with less than eight working weeks left, and there may actually be some good outcomes. This Thursday, there is a big meeting focused on actioning the work I have produced during my assignment.

    And, I am off on vacation again soon. This time, some trekking for my birthday, either to Upper Mustang or the Annapurna region.

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  • Sunday was a full moon. Every full moon is special at the stupa in Boudha. People light candles on and around the stupa and come to pray and walk the kora (circumnavigate the stupa) and spin the prayer wheels.

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  • This is becoming a problem. I went fabric shopping again. Not intentionally. Because of the lack of street signs and street names in Kathmandu, you often need to have friends take you to places when you go for the first time. My friend asked me to take her to Wonder Fabrics and I couldn’t help looking for myself. I chose five lovely fabrics, including a beautiful purple raw cotton with border detailing.

  • It just monsooned. The picture shows the aftermath at the restaurant near my home. Unfortunately for me, it monsooned while I was playing ultimate frisbee. They were the biggest and wettest raindrops I have ever experienced and the field became a giant pond.

  • Finally, the natural light has been good in my room (i.e. I managed to get up in the morning on a weekend), so that I could photograph my Thimi pottery.

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  • Believe it or not, all these photos were taken in Nepal. Tonight I ate at Kathmandu’s newest fine dining experience, the Old House, for a friend’s farewell dinner.

    It is a nouvelle cuisine French-Nepali fusion restaurant, which also happens to be owned by my friend’s boyfriend’s family.

    Entree was octopus, shrimp and watermelon salad. For main I had a modern take on the traditional Nepali Dahl Bhat. And dessert was lime and meringue tart. My delicious cocktail was a cardamom and lychee martini. Excellent all round. And I can’t forget the fresh baguette with black sesame butter. Yum! I am so full right now.

  • This past Sunday, some friends and I took a trip to Thimi. Thimi is a town between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur long famed as a pottery-making centre. The town has lovely cobbled streets, old Newari houses and rice fields. But pottery was the main purpose of our visit. We came specifically to visit Thimi Ceramics, highly recommended by another friend. Thimi Ceramics is a family own pottery business. We saw how they process the clay, spin it on a wheel, finessing the shape, detail the pieces, fire them and then glaze them. The company produces orders for all over Nepal and around the world in their cute little premises, though with some struggle. For instance, a massive order from Italy for 9000 pieces crippled them for many months last year. And then after that, it was ‘no more big orders’.

    My little purchase was a two person dinner setting only: small plate, large plate, small bowl, large bowl, teacup and saucer. Not as bad as some of the other volunteers in the past, who acquired full 12 person dinner sets.

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