A day in the life….

16 Oct

here are some snippets from my life the past few days…..

  • Going out to the best japanese restaurant in Kathmandu with my friend and some of her friends (one who works for the UN).  While eating sushi, the UN man points out the acting ambassador to Nepal who is sitting down the bar from us.  We drink Japanese liquor as we close the place and then try and go dancing – trying out several of the clubs and fancy bars in kathmandu (we could have been in NYC).  Then, unable to find a good place to go dancing, we head back to the UN official’s house for an impromptu dance party.  His house is beautiful – filled with rugs from Afghanistan, art from ecuador, wine from chile, books on war zones and diplomacy.  I could have spent hours exploring and asking questions!
  • Riding on the back of Yogatara’s moped out to  a beautiful monastery outside of Kathmandu – passing rice paddies, houses with thatched roofs, goats and cows in the road (remember, this is just outside of kathmandu) and beautiful monasteries.  We were hoping to meet with a lama who, from what I understood (trying to follow the conversation in french between Yogatara and her friend Fred) is the lama of compassion.  When we arrived at the monastery, we were greeted by little monklets who opened the gate — one was wearing a spiderman mask and pretended, with the correct hand movements, to send webs up to the walls.

sweet ride…..

  • Visiting another monastery, we climbed up to the top of the hill and bought prayer flags from young boys and they hung them up on the hill for our prayers to be picked up by the wind.
me with the cheesy grin – up where our prayer flags are going
  • spending lots of time with an old friend, catching up on life, learning about how we have grown and changed over the last 15 years, reminiscing about old times and having fun adventures now.

I feel tremendously lucky that YT has taken me in and sharing her space with me.  It is wonderful to be with an old friend and to be learning about her world here (after getting emails over the past 15 years!)  It also is giving me the space to figure out what comes next and recharge for adventuring on my own for the next two+ months.

Hope everyone is well — i miss the fall and apples and leaves and all of the rest of new england falls.

Much love — aurora

5 Responses to “A day in the life….”

  1. Kate B. October 16, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Soooo amazing, I have been wondering where you are on a daily basis, if you are finding the peace and adventure you wanting at the onset. Glad to see you living your dream. You are missing Fall, spectacular this year. There will be others. I could use a little soul-searching myself. Back to my bucket list…

  2. Aunt Maria October 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow, Aurora, I’m so happy you’re doing this blog! You’ll be so happy you’ve recorded the little details of all these experiences one day. And I’m grateful, because your travels are reminding me of the quirky moments of my own travels, long ago. I love that one day you’re at the home of a UN diplomat (something that only happens when you’re in a small expat community like that) and the next day you’re with monks in Spiderman masks. Unreal! xoxoxoxo Maria

  3. Carol Kushner October 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I also love reading about your adventures. They remind me of similar ones I’ve experienced and why I have always loved travel. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Donna Conlogue October 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    What fun!

  5. planetaurora October 17, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Thanks all – great to hear from you!

    And to continue ‘a day in the life…’, this morning I went for a run – early to try and avoid all the pollution. Turns out even 6:15 is a bit too late but it was great to be out seeing signs of the pujas in front of store fronts, students heading to school and people out walking or jogging (all men, none even smiled at me 😦

    today is another chill day and then tomorrow I will head to a medieval village for the day – not only is it well known for its sights but it is famous for its curd (yogurt)! yum…..

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