After the rather cold, gray monotony of China’s cities, going to Nepal was like stumbling out into a blaze of riotous sunshine.I was pretty cranky that I didn’t get to make my planned trip to Tibet (no way is China giving a visa to a western blogger), but it’s hard to hold onto a grudge in Kathmandu. Because of its decades of tourism with trekkers, Kathmandu can seem almost western in its food, shopping and pursuits of pleasure, but right outside the city (and even inside) the essential Nepal comes clearly into view. From the indomitable women who have been working Heifer International programs for the last 25 years and bringing entire communities of powerless wives into economic security…To the caste system of untouchables who are likewise being included in Heifer projects and given a chance to succeed…
Beautiful Chepang girl, from an untouchable caste.
To the Hindu temples where cremations take place along the river (with biers divided along caste lines– even after death)..
A fancy sandalwood bier for the Brahmin class only.
..and milk is poured down in sacrifice to one of the 44,000 gods.Nepal boasts all the majesty and mystery of the Himalayans hovering in the distance…
Yup, that’s Everest!
…but still struggles with poverty, hunger, a chaotic communist regime, and a highly stratified society. And yet, Nepal is one of the most lovely, likeable, unforgettable countries I visited.
A Heifer veterinarian
I want to go back: to walk the Annapurna circuit, to meet more of the women who so inspired me…
A woman in the cooperative at Shatkikohr.
…and to see more of the work Heifer is doing in this intriguing country.
That’s some heifer!
Plus, there are a few folks I need to say Namaste to. For more Nepal & more Namaste, click on the posts below: