Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pokhara, Korean Karaoke, and Tibetan Camps

Phewa Lake is just outside
our hotel
We made the journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara via a spacious van that we hired.

It was great to get out of the madness of Kathmandu and explore more of Nepal.  Glancing up from reading Born to Run and seeing the Himalayas approach was especially cool.

Pokhara is a lovely place.  Phewa lake on one side. The Himalayas on the other. It is quite touristy here.  There are many different types of restaurants.  They even have a Korean No Rae Bang (Karaoke room)!

There are many Tibetan people on the streets selling their crafts and handiworks.  The Nepalese government basically ignores them. They can't - for example - rent any property in Pokhara to sell their wares.  One of our team befriended a Tibeten women.  We are hoping she will show us around a nearby Tibetan settlement in the next couple of days

The coolest thing we found in Pokhara was a shop selling merchandise from the WSDO organization: a women's empowerment organization that makes wonderful fabric based products.  Christmas shopping done.

We are talking to an ex-deputy mayor of Pokhara today before heading off to a Peace Temple to remember Andy Manley.

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