Debbie and Amy
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Saturday 9/23 – We went to Le Sherpa’s Farmers Market and saw a wonderful variety of food, art and people visiting and enjoying a picnic on the grounds. What a great morning. We also stopped at a shop, where I found some beautiful tunics and was given a discount because of the upcoming holiday. From there, Amy and I went to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Stunning temples … extraordinary architecture and history. Lots of shops and lots of people, particularly crowded due to the upcoming holiday. What is this holiday? It’s from September 20 to October 5 and called Dashain. “Dashain is the most important festival to Nepalis. It is a celebration of good prevailing over evil. Most families offer male goats, ducks, chickens, eggs and coconuts to the goddess Durga. People return to their home villages and spend the fifteen-day festival with their families. Large swings are set up for children, and from the tenth day, family members receive Tika (rice, red vermillion and yoghurt) on their foreheads from their elders.”
One more stop: Wisdom Book & Aroma Shop in Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur . It was a great finish for our day. We visited with Vipin Kumar, the owner, and his delightful wife for a few hours. Great book selection for young and old, trekkers and tourists, plus gifts and scents that will pleasantly remain a memory for a long time.
Vipin – Said “Yes!” to photo – by Amy McLain
Sunday – We stayed low-key and rested – sort of. We’re meeting with Himalaya Expeditions, Inc – in the morning for details regarding our 6 day/5 nights, “Golden Triangle” tour, beginning on Tuesday.
Leaving Kathmandu Valley to explore the “Golden Triangle”
Will write more later! Thanks for your good wishes and comments, they are appreciated! xxxxx
Namaste ~ Debbie