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KATHMANDU, outfits / Friday / November 23rd, 2012

Monkeys and Monks

Vintage Rayban Signets, H&M vest, silk skirt from India, gold necklace and Lord Ganesh cuff from Khan Market in New Delhi, Parfois pearl earrings and watch, Massimo Dutti boots, Zara bag,

So this was taken on my birthday at the Monkey Temple while exploring Kathmandu, which is inhabited by free-roaming monkeys and praying monks. By now you know I tend to like dressing to a country’s theme, but at the same time I had to wear something that kinda said “Whaddurrrp, it’s my bee-day, yo!” So I went for a Western-girl-in-an-Eastern-world, commercial gypsy feel.

I bought a candle for a mere 5 Nepali Rupees (which translates only to a couple of ZAR cents) from a little girl at the temple, and when I absent-mindedly told her to keep the change she smiled and asked me to wait, returning a moment later with a dollop of red paint, Kumkum, which she placed on my forehead – her sign of gratitude. I’d seen many Nepalese men and women with this mark on their forehead and later learned its significance in relation to the body’s seven spiritual vortices, or chakras. It is often applied when visiting a temple as a sign of respect and blessings.

Missing the family back home quite a lot lately, but feeling incredibly grateful for the ridiculous life I am currently living. Just got my leave dates, my lovelies in Cape Town – looks like I’ll be seeing you in January :)

Happy Weekend guys xx

KATHMANDU, TRAVEL / Friday / November 16th, 2012

My 23rd Birthday – Kathmandu, Nepal.

No matter where you go in Nepal, you’re always greeted with a bowed head and a warm “Namaste”.
A birthday indeed for the books, my job landed me in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the day I turned 23. My first birthday away from home, first birthday alone. I celebrated it for about a week in Doha leading up to the day, but there’s something about one’s birthday, the actual birthday, that gives you a tummy ache and makes you wonder how many people will remember and show you love, sans Facebook. However, I was in a city for which I had no sim card, nor signal because wi-fi is an extreme luxury. And though I was staying in the same hotel that was loved by Princess Diana herself, the internet line was archaic, and my only connection was a really old desktop computer in the business lounge.
I roamed through Kathmandu much like their stray cows, goats and monkeys do, forgetting that it was my birthday as I had no one really to wish me. A newbie to Asia, I never hid the fact that I am more obsessed with Europe and its architecture, but the culture and hospitality of the East will always be unrivalled. A people so kind, hospitable and colourful, a place so humble and refreshing in its lack of the Cosmopolitan life.