“For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn’t want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy.” ― Margaret Mahy, The Catalogue of the Universe
You can completely engage yourself every weekend by visiting bazaar’s from every country. So far I have been to the Syrian, Nigerian and French Bazaar. They share many of the same items from many of the same venders, but each has their own very, very special take on food and set up.
Of course it’s close to halloween and of course we are doing a blog on masks.. makes perfect sense. Last year I took the post into the realm of masks we hide behind as people (31 Days of Randomness, Masks and Faces) this year.. well.. I took it literally.
Let me start by saying that some things just do NOT need masks or any special coverage for halloween!!! They are cute and surprising and funny with or without. that would be my own kids, my grandkids, my neighbor’s kids, my sister’s neighbor’s kids, etc.
Other people, usually adults, actually probably do better with a mask.. for sure. Or at least feel that a mask makes them more clever or interesting. In fact, it usually does. Whether it be for halloween or just to make a statement.
Bottom line, masks are fun. Hope you enjoy.
“Don’t you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this?”
― Søren Kierkegaard
Ok a break from my travels and a reminder of where I really come from… Just so you know.. NONE of the photos or videos are my own.
I haven’t posted anything about my hometown in quite awhile and today someone asked me about where I am from because I am considering buying a house back there. As I researched places to show this family, I once again fell in love with my favorite place to go and relax. So here you go.. just some info to give you a bit of insight about me and where I am from. I hope you enjoy.
Well, here I am in Nepal. Just a quick connection to share some of my first thoughts about life in Nepal. Please understand I have only been from my house to my work and at one small event in between. I hope you enjoy.
I arrived in Nepal about 10:30 pm on a Friday night after spending a week in Hong Kong with a dear friend and her family. Even though I had been in this time zone for almost a week, of course I still felt a little tired. I got dropped off with a notice that I would be picked up at about 10:30 am to do some shopping. My sponsor took me to breakfast and to the grocery and then I came back home. I didn’t get a huge opportunity to take photos on the first day. I was just a little jet lagged and forgot my camera.
On Sunday I awoke to the sound of “We will We will Rock YOU!!” Sung in English and performed by several young children outside my back patio. I found out very quickly that Nepalese people have a 6 day work/school week. I was a bit of a fanatic with some picture-taking at this time from my balcony. Some of the teachers began to quietly talk and look at me and point. I later found out that all of the American’s in the building were standing on the patio snapping photos as well.
School behind my apartment
Loved these imaged of the students in black and white
Young girl joining Monday morning Karate class.
Singer of “We will Rock YOU!”
I was picked up again at about 10:30 to tour a few things that were important to our time in Nepal. On this day after once again going to a local diner I managed to make it to a market. It was a bit dirty with the vegetables strewn on the ground or even on little dirty mats. Apparently during the monsoon season here everyone had been advised not to eat any of the lettuce or leafy greens because there was some sort of parasite in them that even the bleach people commonly wash their veggies and fruits with was not killing it. I’ve chosen to try a more natural method of cleansing by using “grapefruit seed extract”. I used this all through the two years I was in Venezuela and I never got sick. Several people here are also using it and have stated that they have yet to get sick.
Fear not, the fruits and veggies that are not consumable do not go to waste. A random passing cow will stop and nibble on what is there. Cows here have more rights than people and they have the right away in the streets as well. So I’ve been told.
random cow in market
Speaking of right of way…I’m not sure who has it on the streets. You drive on the left side of the road but in reality you drive in the middle of the road and people pass on each side of you coming in each direction. This is exactly the reason I will not be driving but depending on someone else to do that for me.
These final shots are some random ones I took from my rooftop and the rooftop of a neighbors. I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to Nepal. Feel free to stop in any time.
View from roof
Related articles and a bit of a cheat from the weekly challenges that I feel this blog might sort of address