|That 'just arrived' look!|
Nepal. Been there (first in 1986), lived there once upon a time (1987-1990) and I am looking forward to it although the changes will be myriad and I expect initially to provoke some distress. 23yrs ago (!!) when I left, it was still a city of manageable proportions with a reincarnate king (revered by many), 184 days of holiday in the year and we biked everywhere that we didn’t walk. I was there in the hey-day just post hippy era when you could still roll up a spliff in public and being a trekking/ climbing guide put you in an elite echelon of near demi-god’s in the tourism business, still Nepal’s main source of foreign income. I was in my mid-20’s living the high life in Shangri-la.
|The air isn't so bad now, monsoon season.|
Just trying out the gear.
It is still Kathmandu with its unique, high frequency, off its head vibration. The mélange of Hinduism and Buddhism that creates a fantastic Crazyism has not gone away. And you can still escape easily to the high fringes of the valley where the air and the views are quite refreshing. Neither have the tourists gone away, they are re-massing now that there is a semblance of political stability. The industry related activity level in the valley, in the skies and in the mountains reaches a crescendo during the two main trekking/climbing seasons (Oct-Dec, Feb-April). There is a major Siva temple in the valley, a mega forceful Krishna presence and a hugely active Tibetan Buddhist community with monasteries forever. And there are temples for Kumari, for Vishnu, for Durga, Parvati, you name a god/dess, there will be one. Whether on the street corner or out on a hillside, you never run short of temples in Nepal all with their festivals and moments related to the moon or the sun...it can get quite nutty.
The boys will go to a bilingual French school (medium in English and French) after their year of homeschooling in Ecuador which starts in September. Between now and then we will arrive, find a house, receive our shipment, move in and move on to figure things out. I hope to gain traction with teaching Yoga and doing Yoga therapy to see how that will work out as a way of making ends meet. Time will tell, perhaps even running yoga/trekking camps is something that can come into the picture, welcome yoginis and yogis from Ecuador and Lebanon, Portugal and Canada and everywhere in between! and I may have to get a real job although parenting remains my priority so we’ll have to see how she rolls.
One thing for sure is that the visit potential is high for Nepal….it should be a 3 year stay so there is time to plan and make it so. Recalling Kiplings line in his poem 'the Neolithic Age' ...and the wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu'. http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_neolithic.htm which actually refers to the growth of exotic plants in Kew Gardens in London but never mind! He doesn't really expand on which exotic plants!!!