Cine de Chef – Kathmandu


So there was an organized trip to a cinema eatery.  With constant load shedding and in the midst of a monsoon no one knew exactly what to expect.  What was not expected was a reclining chair with a cooling cup holder, a personal light to eat by when your food came and a massage experience while you enjoyed the movie.

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Me looking cool in my big 3D

The best thing about not having expectations.. is having no expectations exceeded by a billion percent.

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Random shots of my feet as I’m reclined watching a movie.

Did I mention it was in 3D.

Normal picture from a newspaper article.  Very cool place and highly recommended.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed.

 

Travel theme: Distance


Nepal

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Distance.  Perfect theme for me as I am currently preparing to go very far away.  As I mentioned in my last post I am less than 3 weeks from heading off to Nepal.

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country name Nepal in Devanagariscript *screen shot –Immanuel Giel 09:20, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My head is full of Nepali and exhausted so I’m trying to find ways to rest my mind and enjoy a little bit of my remaining time in DC. While I prepare to go far away I am also trying to distance myself a little from the people near me and my life in the U.S.  As excited as I am to head out once again, I know that I will with as much passion and sadness miss the friends that are currently closest to me as well as my daughters who will not be traveling with me.

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?  

Khalil Gibran

Last weekend a friend and I took a trip to Richmond, Virginia where we took a day to pamper ourselves (she is learning Vietnamese and will soon be off to ..duh.. Vietnam).  We spent a 2nd day in the area before returning to DC visiting a local winery.  While I”m not sure if the photos express distance so much as my sentiment does I hope you enjoy.

Windsor Wineries in Virginia

Windsor Wineries in Virginia

Windsor Wineries in Virginia

Windsor Wineries in Virginia – Cheers U.S.

Now it’s your turn to bring your most distant, faraway places to the foreground. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone is welcome!) here’s what to do:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique Walls – a combined obsession


Oh where to go with this one?  So many places so little time. I’ve decided to play a small game of catch up and combine 2 different photo challenges from 2 different sources.  Let’s begin.

UNIQUE – I loved this first photo challenge from the Daily Post on Feb 1 and Walls– from Where’s My Backpack on Jan 25.  As I have reflected in a few of my past posts, I really love street art.  I do understand there is a fine line between street art and destructive graffiti. I would say that there are many who only understand street art as a negligent form of graffiti and relate it only to poverty, disrespect of property and criminal activities. There is that and it cannot be denied. However, when connected to a project and when an attempt is made to include the opinions and participation a community it can turn into an amazing array of artistic expression.

Street art can be a manner and means to draw attention to a specific topic and raise awareness around political issues? It can be the start of a community based arts program that supports young minds, especially since many arts programs have been removed from schools.  It can also just be an amazing means for communities or groups to express themselves.

Included in the following photos are some of my favorite walls and graffiti-like advertising signs.  I hope you enjoy.

Colour is fun, colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul. – Rachel Wolf

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

White Walls Say Nothing -This film is about empowerment through urban art & activism, and how the walls of Buenos Aires became the voice of its people. The link above was produced when the project was still trying to raise money the below video is a preview of the documentary.

Baltimore Opens Its Walls To Street Art ; Wynwood Walls76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions

Some of my favorite themes from these two challenges:

Costa Rica – Land of…


Costa Rica, which means “rich coast” in English, has definitely earned its reputation as a lush, green, semi-tropical oasis of adventure and beauty.  It has enjoyed a stable democracy for over 100 years and hasn’t even had an army since 1948.

With only 2 seasons – rainy and summer – you will be able to visit and enjoy this small mountainous country that is filled with, and I quote,

“friendly people, spectacular birds and flowers whose intense colors rival those of an erupting volcano, activities ranging from white water rafting and surfing to sport fishing and golf, and more than a thousand lodging options to choose from, including everything from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to luxury five-star hotels. With so much variety, there’s guaranteed to be something to suit everyone’s taste!”

Now having led up to an awesome photo-filled blog about the stunning-ness that is Costa Rica I have to be honest.  This was my last trip in South America and after spending the last couple months traveling through Venezuela, Peru and Panama I had ran out of steam.  So my very worthy travel companion through Colombia, Panama and Chile and I decided to just chill in the Costa Rica’s main town of San Jose.

I will say that if you ever go to visit Costa Rica, don’t stop in San Jose.  Take the next flight to the rain forest, a mountain area or any of the beautiful beaches that cover every other part of Costa Rica.  San Jose does have some interesting sights for a day or two, which is all we had to spend there, but the beauty that exists in this country really lies outside of this city.  We were able to visit a coffee plantation, drink wine and disfruta la vida regardless but we definitely missed some of the best of what makes this country such an amazing get-away.  I hope you enjoy my relaxing and quite un-eventful visit to paradise.

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