Everyday in Kathmandu seems to be an enriching experience. Even with the trials and tribulations of landing on my feet in a new place; the people, the lifestyle and roots of the city remind me of the energy in the New York City, yet the antiquity and the majesty are quite new and echo of other life times. The city's beauty resonates into all aspects of daily life.The people are kind and they are interesting to me. I pay my respects to the Bouddhanath Stupa almost daily in the morning and this helps me to move me along in the right direction.
I am sharing few pictures of my experiences around Kathmandu.
I'm beginning my work in Kathmandu. My studio is situated amidst an ancient city with very interesting history and architecture. On 2nd November; I visited the beautiful Thrangu monastery at Namobuddha situated atop a hill with a wonderful view of the mountains. It was great to meet the lamas I will be painting and feel their interest. We will be getting to work in about two weeks’ time. Most of the Lamas will be coming from Bouddha which is about twenty minutes from my studio. I feel fortunate to invite them to my studio. I look forward to getting to work.
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Just did an "all nighter" due to excitement and jet lag. The Nepalese community is a mix of Hindu,Tibetans and Nepalese. It's an extremely unusual society, based on a unique mindfulness, a mindfulness of kindness. The average person really cares! The notion of taking kindness for weakness is obsolete. As caring as they are, they are equally receptive to your help.
I embraced three friends slightly teary...we are all realizing...I'm going for a long time. My friend Diane said there is nothing to get emotional about...you need this trip..you need this sabbatical for your work (painting). Michael displayed his international weather channel and exclaimed that yesterday it was 74 in Kathmandu. Nyri sent beautiful Bon Voyage hearts in an email. Ethan and Peter have been supportive on a ton of levels. Becca promises to help me ship supplies if I feel destitute and unable to work with what's there. Huge shout out to Gina and Miranda for living with my hesitation in one breath and my full steaming ahead in the next breath. I'm new to Facebook and it's actually feeling quite fun and grounding to be able to communicate with you all. Thanks!