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My totally surreal Thanksgiving Eve

November 26, 2010

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I need to get this down while it’s still fresh in my head. And I didn’t take any photos, so I apologize, you get a photo of my niece and nephew watching TV on Thanksgiving at my parents’ house instead. But this is what happened to me on the day before Thanksgiving in Kathmandu: Taylor […]

Pilgrimage to Pashupatinath

November 20, 2010

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Pashupati Temple is kind of a big deal. It’s the biggest and oldest Hindu temple in Nepal — it’s such a big deal that people around the world travel there on a pilgrimage. But lucky for Taylor and me, it’s right down the street from our neighborhood. The temple is built on the Bagmati River, […]

Things I love about Nepal: Blingin’ semis

November 16, 2010

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The first time I saw one, my jaw dropped. It was the most fantastically bizarre thing I had seen in a long time. It bowled along down the street like a big, mechanical, Siva-praising disco, multicolored tinsel wagging to and fro in a jolly rhythm. Still agape, I turned in my seat to look back […]

After Tihar: City-wide hangover

November 10, 2010

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Think you can party hardy? Thought you were pretty wild during your college days? Then you ought to try bringing the party to Nepal during Tihar, because I’ll bet you this country can out-celebrate and out-party even *you* during their festival of lights. So Tihar — also known as Diwali in some circles — is […]

Sorry, but solar sucks

November 5, 2010

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Bleeding green won’t give you a hot shower. At least not in Nepal. This was a hard lesson to learn, as I’m a fairly devoted environmentalist. And sadly, today marks my household’s cession to the powers of non-efficient energy use: As I type this, there are men in my bathroom installing a gas-powered water heater. […]

The big, bad, bamboo swing

November 1, 2010

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Just a few weeks ago, all of Nepal celebrated Dasain, the biggest national holiday of the year. It’s a two-week-long event that involves family gatherings, animal sacrifices, offerings to the gods, blessings, and lots of food and drink. We lonely Westerners didn’t have family to visit, so we weren’t privy to all the festivities that […]