It’s 4:30 in the morning here in Abu Dhabi, Dec 11th. I’ve been at the airport here since 2:00 am after a five and a half hour flight from Kathmandu. Exhausted with no sleep, but enjoying the comforts of the executive lounge, the perks of my business class upgrade, appreciating “first world” services and actual high speed internet. The sixteen and a half hour flight to LAX leaves at 9:20 in the morning.
My last weeks in Kathmandu were rich in connection, shopping, and fun. In addition to visiting with friends and spending time around the Boudhanath stupa, I had amazing shiatsu sessions from Pradeep, a brilliant practitioner and took advantage of the fabulous spa and fitness center at the Hyatt to warm my bones. I wasn’t all that into my camera, so much of this time is left to memory. All of the World Heritage sites were severely damaged including Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Patan…photos below.
I spent a sweet afternoon with my deceased teachers (Trulshik Rinpoche) attendant, Sopenla. My roots are deep with this monastic community and it was a joyous visit of deep sharing.
I leave Nepal with a very full heart. Grateful for my rich friendships and heartfelt connections and to be near to and soak up the Tibetan Buddhist dharma and diverse cultures that I love.
In all of my years spending time in Nepal, I must say that the country is in bad shape. Truly, the extraordinarily resilient Nepali people are suffering with power cuts, fuel and supply shortages, and so on due to the mind boggling corruption and incompetence of its government. Actually, there is fuel, but it must be purchased at three to four times its cost on the black market (with kickbacks to government and oil companies).
Regardless, Nepal is still a magic land. And Kathmandu, with all of its adversities, pollution and insanity is still a wild and fascinating ride. I look forward to returning next year with some lucky friends and perhaps family in tow.
It’s almost 7:00 am, and I’ve grown accustomed to the luxury and service of this airport lounge. On the last leg of my nearly three month journey, I’m now dreaming of cuddling with Louie (my dog) and sharing the holidays with friends at home.