Thursday, January 16, 2014

Adventures of a Nepalese Frog

Recently I found myself on an adventure to Nepal with a new friend.  We traveled in synchronicity with the universe, and made many new friends along the way. 
 This little boy named Aron is of Nepalese roots, living in Japan.  He's three years old, and his Japanese is far better than many of my 5 year old Japanese students.
 It was really nice to meet his family on the plane to Nepal.
 We met this fellow at a Restaurant in Nepal.  By coincidence, later that day we were walking down the street and ran into him again working in his shop selling stones.

 Meditating under the Buddha tree.
 This group of kids came up to us while we were eating, I was lucky enough to have them draw in my notebook!  The one sitting down was such an excellent artist.
 On our journeys, we met this crew with King Bipen in the center, a Nepalese rapper.  Somehow we ended up in their music video.
 On New Years Eve, we stayed in a lodge on a mountain top with this young metal head who befriended us for a really unexpectedly beautiful New Year transition!
 New Years day, walking through the mountains, we found a school and ended up hanging out with the students.  They loved to ask us: "Give me sweets!" "Give me money!" "Give me pen!"

 Later that night we found this fellow Indra with his Australian wife really out in the middle of nowhere, with their pet monkeys.  We stayed with them in their cottage for two days, and only managed to get attacked by the monkeys twice! hah!
 We drank some chai with the old men of the mountains.
 The streets were so beautiful.
 And magazines did exist.
 The river in Kathmandu was an unbelievable sight.  The water was literally black.
 Many workers were doing what they could to clean it up.
 Walking down the streets, you could find these recycle shops, taking old clothes an finding new purposes for them.
 A kindergarten in Nepal! This one looks like a great place to work!
 On Christmas day, we wandered around town, and eventually found people flooding into a church.  While not Christian, we decided to partake in the events, and met with this lovely family that became our friends for the day.  We had much fun singing jingle bells and doing some traditional Nepalese dances.
 Later that day we climbed a mountain with more monkeys and took this picture.
 In the night, we went to a restaurant where we met with this fellow.  He ended up showing us around town and drawing a picture with us.
 The streets are never ending.
 And filled with many buses with beautiful people.
 Then we found ourselves on our own bus adventure!
 And made many new friends, my job of kindergarten teaching seems to follow me everywhere.
 We even joined a gang of pirates!
 The temple of Thailand in Lombini.  Lombini is the birthplace of Buddha.  They have a giant complex of various temples that have been built by Buddhists from around the world.
 We meditated.
 And existed.  My dear travel friend, Annie.
 Our rapping buddy.
 The secrets of Cambodia in Lombini.

 Beautiful sights.
 Even with tea.
 And towns all around.
 Some people have interesting hobbies.
 And some people are working very hard.
 This is a game of ring toss found on the streets. Toss a ring around something, and you win it.

 This man became our friend, climbing the mountain with us.  As we walked through the mountains, the things these people carried evolved forward.  First we saw the one with bushes, then the one with sticks, and finally the one with pots and pans.
 A child following us up the mountain.
 This is a giant swing!
 In the mountains, we met this beautiful soul, Hisayo.  She has been traveling around through India and Nepal for quite some time now, and is fluent in Nepalese.  I hope to meet her again some day!
 Blue is pretty.
 So is the sky.
 I have feet.
 And a friend.
 And sometimes a table.
 What a beautiful world.
 With a key.
 On the path.
 Evolution in progress.
 And children in the world.
 Welcome to Pokhara.

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