Greetings from Nepal.
is a quick update since we are about to get
on our way on our acclimatization trek.
These pictures are from Kathmandu (a monkey)
and Jomsom (a landscape).
are in a small village called Kagbini
staying in a tea house. Yesterday was a
holiday here called the Festival of Colors
where children are throwing paint type
substances on any passersby. This represents
the coming of spring.
will email everyone as soon as we work out a few
Clark (aka BC)
March 28, 2002: Trekking toward Mustang
(moo-stong), we encountered two sardu's, Indian
holy men dressed in red and orange robes as they
wander, what seems aimlessly, blessing those who
cross their path. After their blessing, with a
donation of candy bars from the team, we arrived
in Mustang to spend the night in a cozy teahouse.
The lower village is very impressive with various
mazes of stone that weave their way throughout
Nepal national festival Phagu Poornima, or Holi,
which signifies the turning of seasons from winter
to spring, is underway. Phagu means playing with
colors. We all figured that out as children ran
through town throwing red dust paint on everyone.
The festival is celebrated as a victory of good
over evil. It is an occasion for creating
friendship, burying the animosity, jealousy, and
hatred among each other in the past, and being
involved in creating happiness. In the western
part of Nepal, the day of Holi serves as a license
for a boy to marry a girl. As visitors, we were
all intrigued by the fun and excitement.
team will continue trekking tomorrow. We are
enjoying the Nepali culture as we acclimatize.