Meg Noble Peterson

Author of Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia

GREETINGS FROM SUNNY NEPAL

 

We are here at the Shechen Guest House, our favorite place to stay at Boudhanath, Kathmandu. Power is very sketchy so this is a short post. We arrived in India and stayed at the Tibetan Youth Hostel where we spent time with Tibetan students we had sponsored at the Tibetan Childrens Village in Suja, and who are now in college in Delhi.

We are about to head out to the Yolmo for an 11-day trek. While here in Boudha we are doing kora around the stupa which is now being repaired as you can see from the photos. The top part of the stupa was damaged and is being restored. The same is true of the Shechen Monastery next to the guest house. We also had a lovely visit with B. P. Shresta, an old friend from Dhulikhel. When the power is available we enjoy a delicious cappucino at the guest house.

Life is difficult here with frequent power outages, but even though there is the embargo at the Indian border severely restricting import of gasoline and cooking gas, there is a big black market where gas is available for $12 – 15/gallon.

We will share our journey upon our return Dec. 7th. The area we are visiting has been tremendously impacted by the earthquake last April. Around Boudha, there is little damage to the homes and buildings and life continues despite adversity.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. We’ll be eating dal bhat as you all enjoy turkey!

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4 Comments

  1. Jon

    It is rainy and cold here. It looks like you are having a great time. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Meg and Cary, thanks for the update and photos! Much Love, Gwen and Rob

  3. Paul Sharar

    Glad you got there safely and that you are seeing some recovery from that terrible earthquake. It is in the 60s in NJ and beautiful for hiking. Kathy had us at here new place for Thanksgiving, one of the tastiest ever. Look forward to your next blog.

  4. nina pattison

    Oh, dear Meg, how great to hear from you and see your beautiful photos!
    I can see that you are not going to get into danger (?!) and that you are thoroughtly enjoying your time there. I’m so glad and so full of admiration for what you are up to. I hope your dhal was delicious and that yo did not miss having that giant bird that we have here in Amerikay!
    looking forward to your return and your future blogs! with love, Nina

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