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Unintentionally Hilarious Thai Signs

Unintentionally Hilarious Thai Signs

Thai is not an easy language to read. It looks like this: สวัสดีคะฉันชื่อขอบคุณคะ คุณชื่ออะไร With no space between words, punctuation, or capital letters, it is very difficult to read and write, so one can understand why Thai signs in English don’t always make sense. The wonderful thing is sometimes they are inadvertently comical.

This cracked me up. I looked, and sure enough the old man was there. I was non-verbally urged not to take a picture of his grumpy face by someone near him.

This cracked me up. I looked, and sure enough the old man was there. I was non-verbally urged not to take a picture of his grumpy face by someone near him.

In the bathroom at a cafe, we are reminded that flushing paper down the toilet really stucks.

In the bathroom at a cafe, one is reminded that flushing paper down the toilet really stucks!

While at the cafe, a glance at the menu is an easy source of humor.

Yes, two orders of dragon feet please. While you're at it, throw in a unicorn horn.

Yes, two orders of dragon feet please. While you’re at it, throw in a unicorn horn.

Mmmm the greassy salad please

Mmmm the greassy salad, please

Excuse me, do you have any human sized prawns?

Excuse me, do you have any human sized prawns? Because that doesn’t look like something out of a horror film.

I don't know, maybe some cervid would be nice for dinner tonight.

I don’t know, maybe some cervid would be nice for dinner tonight.

Oooh, I’m stuffed. Moving right along…

...and just out of the comfort zone...

…and just out of the comfort zone…

What have we here? A stamp pad or tampon?

What have we here? A stamp pad or tampon?

Really?

Really?

or, on second thought, screw the planet!

or, on second thought, screw the planet!

Found in the baking area of the grocery store…

I'm thinking about making some cookies...

I’m thinking about making some cookies…

Forget about the cookies, I'll detox.

Forget about the cookies, I’ll detox.

...and have an enema.

…and have an enema. Really though, if you saw this cute little chef drawing and couldn’t read the package, wouldn’t you put this enema set in the baking section?

Why not integrate with banana?

Why not integrate with banana too?

Leaving the store and going outside….

Ducking crossing

Duck crossing

Dangeraus - warning or reggae band?

Dangeraus – warning or reggae band?

Everyday does not mean Wednesday.

Everyday does not mean Wednesday.

Seen on the minivan that took our students on a field trip. Thankfully no one asked what OK meant.

Seen on the minivan that took our students on a field trip. Thankfully no one asked what OK meant.

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I live on a soi off this street, which I've seen spelled at least 5 different ways, but this one is the worst. Seepingmuang - street or rare skin disease?

I live on a soi off this street, which I’ve seen spelled at least 5 different ways, but this one is the worst. Seepingmuang – street or rare skin disease?

After all this, I needed a drink. Unfortunately,

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Penalty 6 Mouths

Penalty 6 Mouths

If after the alcohol you have a headache, Duran Duran to the rescue!

If after the alcohol you have a headache, Duran Duran to the rescue!

My very favorite of the bunch…

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Really, take some time and re-read it. It’s a gem!

Why I'm here

Why I’m here

I'm still happy in Thailand just about everywhere.

I’m still happy in Thailand just about everywhere.

More to come!

For more see: Humorous Signs in Thailand

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Think Big Thoughts but Relish Small Pleasures

Think Big Thoughts but Relish Small Pleasures

I’ve always loved this quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Living in Thailand and being a teacher remind me to ‘Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures’ daily. For example…

Gorgeous floating flowers in pots.

Gorgeous floating flowers in pots

Seeing a pineapple plant grow

Seeing a pineapple plant grow

Accidentally happening upon a charming rooftop restaurant in Chiang Mai

Accidentally happening upon a charming rooftop restaurant in Chiang Mai

This graceful little flower known as anchan in Thai, butterfly pea in English, and scientifically as clitoria.

This graceful little flower known as anchan in Thai, butterfly pea in English, and scientifically as clitoria

Seeing the creativity of students' recycled art projects.

Witnessing the creativity of students’ recycled art projects

Hiking with this little cutie named Manee

Hiking with this little cutie named Manee

Noticing the 'Wintry' and 'Summer' settings on the hot water heater for a shower

Noticing the ‘Wintry’ and ‘Summer’ settings on the hot water heater for a shower

Having a little think by the lake

Having a little think by the lake

Finding a student's drawing of/for me

Finding a student’s drawing of/for me

Blatant copyright infringement

Hilarious and blatant copyright infringement

The exquisite mangosteen - edible art

The exquisite mangosteen – edible art

Cutting into a papaya, and finding a star.

Cutting into a papaya, and finding a star.

Students making a game out of weeding the rice

Students making a game out of weeding the rice field

Students ploughing like buffalo

Having fun ploughing like buffalo

...and playing with the plough

…and playing with the plough

The lotuses that bloom in the morning

The lotuses that bloom in the morning

The serenity of the ubiquitous Buddha images

The serenity of the ubiquitous Buddha images

Planting rice at Panyaden on Thai Mother's Day

Planting rice at Panyaden School on Thai Mother’s Day

After four years of living and teaching in Thailand, I have learned a few simple, but profound lessons:

Noticing what children and nature teach us is worthwhile. Pay attention. Be present. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

Hiking the Tallest Mountain in Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park ดอยอินทนนท์

Hiking the Tallest Mountain in Thailand – Doi Inthanon ดอยอินทนนท์

If the city of Chiang Mai gets too hot and congested, a good trip away is Doi Inthanon National Park. Driving, it’s about an hour south to the entrance of the park and quite a bit longer to reach the peak at 2,565 meters (8,415 ft).

Trekking up the mountain

Trekking up the mountain with students

Views from the top

Views from the top

Hiking into the clouds

Hiking into the clouds

In the clouds in Doi Inthanon

In the clouds at Doi Inthanon

Mountainous Doi Inthanon

Mountainous Doi Inthanon

Apart from hiking, Doi Inthanon has many other offerings…

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

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A small praying mantis at our bungalow

A small praying mantis at our bungalow

The most incredible golden chrysalis I've ever seen

The most incredible golden chrysalis I’ve ever seen

Big beautiful blue butterflies

Big beautiful blue butterflies

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Different types of accommodation…

Basic bungalows

Basic bungalows

Indigenous Karen homestay

Indigenous Karen homestay

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A bit more upscale digs

A bit more upscale digs

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IMG_1249I’ve stayed in all types of rooms there – from the national park dorms with students, to Karen homestays on the ground of a bamboo hut with a tour group, to basic bungalows with friends, to slightly more upscale rooms with colleagues – each one gives a different experience of the park.

Of course there is wildlife…

Water buffalow

Water buffalo

Black Swan

Black Swan

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piglets

piglets

and the ubiquitous dogs and chickens

the ubiquitous dogs and chickens

and sometimes snakes that bit off a bit more than they could chew

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The topography is varied…

Mountainous

Mountainous

Mountainside with waterfalls

Mountainside with waterfalls

forests

tropical forests

more developed trails in the forest

more developed trails in the forest

wats

stupas on mountaintops

Terraced rice fields

Terraced  fields

Manicured areas

Manicured areas

Greenhouses for the Royal Project agriculture

Greenhouses for the Royal Project agriculture

Inside a greenhouse

Inside a greenhouse

Gorgeous nature…

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IMG_1264IMG_4702And the things that are quintessentially Thai…

Monks in a garden

A monk in a garden

Cute nature

Cute nature

Goofy products

Goofy items – Mr. Popcorn whiskey

Delicious coffee everywhere

Delicious coffee everywhere

Freshly roasted

Freshly roasted and served

Kanom (Thai snacks) wrapped in banana leaves

Kanom (Thai snacks) wrapped in banana leaves

Herding cows on a motorbike

Herding cows on a motorbike and with a bamboo stick

...and signs that make you wonder

Signs that make you wonder

It’s well worth a trip there. You will need a guide for hiking, and make sure to pack your coat – it’s significantly cooler than the city Chiang Mai.

Beautiful Doi Inthanon

Beautiful Doi Inthanon

Ode to Judes

Ode to Judes

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Dear Mom,

Today marks 11 years since you left this realm. So many little things remind me of you. I miss you mom. I am forever grateful for what you taught me by just being yourself. I try to emulate your teachings:

  • being kind to everyone
  • loving all animals, especially dogs
  • making the ordinary special
  • not passing judgement
  • keeping a clean and tidy house
  • welcoming my friends
  • delighting in taking care of flowers and the garden
  • doubling over in laughter at our stories
  • letting me be me
  • always making time to care for your children
  • knowing how my relationships would turn out before I would
  • smiling sincerely
  • having a positive disposition
  • understanding that I was safe, happy, and at home in Thailand
  • trying to make the world a little bit nicer place
  • letting us know how much you loved us
  • our long telephone conversations form all over the world
  • understanding that ‘I march to the beat of a different drummer’ even though you didn’t always like it, you supported my decisions
  • encouraging me to be a teacher
  • seeing the beauty in things even when you were sick
  • patience
  • gratitude
  • love

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the love you gave to me. The best way to show you how much I love you is to be the person you knew I could be and live by your examples.

Love, Bethy

Justice vs Forgiveness

Justice vs Forgiveness

I recently attended a women’s circle in Chiang Mai at Wild Rose where we drew questions revolving around a theme. One of the questions I drew was: ‘What is more important, justice or forgiveness?’

Which one is it justice or forgiveness? Not the horrible injustices in the world, but the day to day ones we all feel. When someone has ‘wronged’ us, so often we want retribution. We’re angry. We want vindication. I realized that I’ve wanted that. Then I thought about it with a little more compassion.

I have been focusing on wise speech, and had shared this with my students:

Just think about it

Just think about it

It felt hypocritical to ask this of them, and yet, not live up to it myself. I’d said some things out of anger that didn’t make me feel good on the inside. I needed to let go of anger.

What we don’t always realize is that hanging on to anger keeps us away from joy.

A few days later, Phra Ajarn Jayasaro gave a dhamma talk at Panyaden about anger. He explained that anger is frustrated desire. He continued by saying, “Anger can only arise through a lack of understanding of the way things are.” In anger we deliberately turn away from some elements of truth.

I am paraphrasing some of what Ajarn Jayasaro said here: Every time we act on an angry impulse, we feed that anger. Every indulgence makes it more a part of us. We can’t just decide not to be angry, but we can decide not to abuse physically or verbally. We need to feed mindfulness. If we’re mindful, irritation gets nipped in the bud. If we consciously decide to use metta (loving kindness), that is what will grow.

His dhamma talk is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdXd–FRjSA

Seeing things the way they are isn’t always easy. Meditation helps, but it takes so much practice. We all make mistakes.

I just started reading a book called, Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky A. Bailey. She wrote, “Each moment is as it is because the entire universe is as it is. When you struggle against the moment…you are struggling against the universe. No wonder you feel tired!” 

I was tired. It is now time to try and see things as they are. 

The antidote to anger is love and metta. The more I focus on being loving, the more I feel loved. We get more of what we focus on.

I was pondering this while riding my bike home and stopped to take this picture. What do you notice? Where is your focus? The palm trees? The cloudy sky? The wires? The elephant? The tree with the orange blossoms?  Whatever you notice, how does it make you feel?

You get more of what you focus on

You get more of what you focus on

So, is it justice or forgiveness? For me, it’s forgiveness. Forgive others for the mistakes they’ve made. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made. Forgive and let it go.

Nothing like a little Chiang Mai graffiti to remind us what's most important: All your need is love.

Nothing like a little Chiang Mai graffiti to remind us what’s most important: All your need is love 

Forgiveness is a step toward love.

“Love is stronger than justice, love is thicker than blood. Love, love, love is stronger than justice, love is a big fat river in flood.” – Sting

It’s the Little Things That Make Me Smile…Like Purple Dogs สุนัขสีม่วง

It’s the Little Things That Make Me Smile…Like Purple Dogs สุนัขสีม่วง

That’s right, purple dogs. Are they purple because the owner is feeling festive? No. In Thailand there are street dogs everywhere. They are referred to as soi dogs because the alley-like streets in Thailand are called sois. Who takes care of these dogs? Well, many Thai people will feed these dogs on a regular basis, but otherwise they’re on the street.

Purple soi dog in action on the soi near my house

Purple soi dog in action on the soi near my house

So, why are they purple? The color is from a medication that people put on the dogs for mange. Since there are so many soi dogs, there are also a lot of mangy dogs. Mange is a skin disease caused in some mammals (not humans) by mites. It’s very itchy and makes them lose fur.

This little guy I met in Burma, was so cute and friendly, but he already had some mange on his head

This poor little guy I met in Burma was so cute and friendly, but he already had some mange on his head. I don’t know if they use the purple medicine there.

Sometimes if people don’t want dogs, they take them to the local temple to be looked after there. I want to adopt one from a temple or a dog shelter.

Here a woman is applying the purple mange medicine to some dogs at Wat Chang Man.

Here a kind woman is applying the purple mange medicine to some dogs at Wat Chang Man.

Dogs in clothes at Wat Chang Man - some with purple on them.

Dogs in clothes at Wat Chang Man – some with purple on them

Slightly purple dog in clothes

Slightly purple dog in clothes

I spotted this guy on my local soi while riding my bicycle

I spotted this guy on my local soi while riding my bicycle

He walked over toward me and neither of us was sure what to make of each other

He walked over toward me, but neither one of us was sure what to make of each other. He obviously had an owner based on the amount of purple on him.

In the end he seemed friendly enough, and as interested in me as I was him.

In the end he seemed friendly enough, though I wasn’t 100% sure. He very interested in why I was taking pictures of him.

The only reason I haven’t adopted a dog yet is because I’m at work all day and the dog would be left alone. Now having a housemate who likes dogs with a different schedule from mine, there may be a dog in the not so far away future. Maybe soon I can have my very own purple dog! Two of my favorite things in one: dogs and the color purple.

Visaka Bucha Day วันวิสาขบูชา

Visaka Bucha Day วันวิสาขบูชา

Visaka Bucha Day celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. It is said that all three events happened on the same day of the year – the full moon day of the sixth Indian lunar month of Visaka. This year it was celebrated on June 1.

Going to wian tian at Wat Chedi Luang

Going to wian tian at Wat Chedi Luang with my lotus flower, candle, and three sticks of incense.

If the idea of these three events happening on the same day sounds like a mythological mystery, try looking at it from a different point of view.

One of my students asked the monk Phra Ajarn Jiew why they were on the same day. His answer was enlightening. He explained that the Buddha was born as a man – Siddhartha. When he became a Buddha, it was like the birthday of the Buddha. When he reached enlightenment, it was like reaching nibbana, which is the ultimate state passing from one lifetime to the next. All three on the same day.

 

On the evening of Visaka Bucha I joined other Buddhists walking around the main shrine of Wat Chedi Luang three times, in honor of the triple gem of Buddhism: the Buddha, his teachings (dhamma), and the community of followers (sangha). This circumambulation is called wian tian.

Full moon and Wat Chedi Luang

Full moon and Wat Chedi Luang

Lighting the candles and incense and giving the flower offerings after wian tian.

Lighting the candles and incense and giving the flower offerings after wian tian.

The full moon and big tree at Wat Chedi Luang

The full moon and big tree at Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is significant to me because it’s where I celebrated my birthday 15 years ago by lighting off a komloy (paper lantern). It’s one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai and there is something definitively sacred about it.

Meanwhile, next door at Wat Phan Tao this magical scene unfolded.

Meanwhile, next door at Wat Phantao this magical scene unfolded.

At Wat Phantao a group of young monks sitting in meditation with candles lit on the water and all around them. (Sorry for the blurry pictures – they were taken with my iPod)

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

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So appreciative that I got to experience this celebration. mo

Daily Bits of Joy ประจำวันปิติ

Daily Bits of Joy ประจำวันปิติ

Living in Chiang Mai gives me a dose of elation on a daily basis. In the morning, this is the beauty I see:

This tree greets me everyday as I walk into school.

This tree greets me everyday as I walk into work at Panyaden School.

Walking to the office includes bananas and Bodhi trees.

On my way to the office includes bananas and Bodhi trees.

My new classroom

My new classroom

The beginning of the rainy season viewed from my classroom. Ahh, a relief from the heat.

The beginning of the rainy season viewed from my classroom. Ahh, a relief from the heat.

Jubilant children running through puddles.

Jubilant children running through puddles.

Blooming lotus in my backyard. บัวบาน

Blooming lotus in my backyard. บัวบาน

Buddha image delighting in the lotus

Buddha image delighting in the lotus

All of nature reminding us to be mindful of each moment. Everything is temporary. Notice beauty.

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Road Trip to Chiang Rai – The White Temple เชียงราย – วัดร่องขุ่น

Road Trip to Chiang Rai – The White Temple เชียงราย – วัดร่องขุ่น

Four-day weekends are not common in Thailand, but are a perfect reason for a road trip. Why not Chiang Rai?

Chiang Mai is hot this time of year, so it was a good time to get away.

Chiang Mai is hot this time of year, so it was a good time to get away.

We were headed to the White Temple or วัดร่องขุ่น, but would stop along the way if we saw something interesting…

We were quite surprised to see Chiangraiwinery.

… and to our surprise stumbled upon Chiangraiwinery. Yes, one word. There aren’t spaces between Thai words. We couldn’t have a tour, but we did have a tasting.

It looks like red and white wine...

It looks like red and white wine…

...but is actually made from lychee, pomegranate, mangosteen, and some Thai herb.

…but is actually made from lychee, pomegranate, mangosteen, and some Thai herbs.

Not being a fan of sweet wines, they weren't for me, though they were better than I thought they'd be.

Not being a fan of sweet wines, they weren’t for me, though they were better than I thought they’d be. Yuki liked the sweet Thai herbal one, Marco preferred the lychee, I enjoyed the mangosteen, and Kozue was driving so didn’t try any.

It's in a picturesque spot, and well worth the stop.

Chiang Rai Winery is in a picturesque spot, and well worth the stop.

Next stop…

Next stop, the White Temple

The White Temple

Chalermchai Kositpipat or เฉลิมชัย โฆษิตพิพัฒน์ is the extremely prolific designer of the White Temple.

While Buddhist imagery is the main theme...

While Buddhist imagery is the main theme…

...there is also imagery dealing with death.

…there is also imagery dealing with death.

Part of the temple was damaged in an eathquake that struck last in May 2014.

Part of the temple was damaged in an earthquake that struck in May 2014, though most is still completely intact.

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Thai astrological animals

Thai astrological animals

Tree of offerings

Tree of offerings

While most of its imagery is white and tiny mirrors...

While most of the buildings are white and silver with tiny mirrors…

...some is gold, like this wishing well

…some parts are gold, like this wishing well…

...and the elaborate golden building for the toilets.

…and the elaborate golden building for the toilets.

Yuki and Marco as "Woman and Man"

Yuki and Marco as “Woman and Man”

Hollywood?

Hollywood?

Life

Life

Death

Death

A bit of both

Both

Chalermchai Kositpipat and Marco

Life sized Chalermchai Kositpipat and Marco

Kozue and bell

Kozue and bell

Yuki and reminders of death

Yuki and reminders of death

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My favourite anti-smoking sculpture...

I loved the anti-smoking sculpture

scary

scary

Wat style no smoking sign

Thai wat style no smoking sign

Not sure why umbrellas aren't allowed

Not sure why umbrellas aren’t allowed

Although the outside was truly amazing, I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing Chalermchai Kositpipat’s art in the museum on the grounds. No cameras are allowed, so here are a few pictures of post cards of the paintings:

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Glad we visitied

Glad we visited

See you later sparkly White Temple

See you later sparkly White Temple

See you later sparkly White Temple

 

 

Athens, Greece. Bhaktapur, Nepal. Goddesses and Perseverance of Spirit

Athens, Greece. Bhaktapur, Nepal. Goddesses and Perseverance of Spirit

Having just visited Greece, people asked if it was noticeable that the country is in a financial crisis. On the islands and in the villages life appeared to be the same as it has probably been for hundreds of years, but in Athens things were different.

Athens was named after the goddess Athena. Civilizations have lived there for more than 3000 years. Here shows some of Athens’ ancient past and how it’s survived:

The Parthenon, in the Acropolis

The Parthenon, in the Acropolis

Detail at the Acropolis

Detail of goddesses at the Acropolis

The Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis

The Theatre of Dionysus at the Acropolis

Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek inscribed in marble

The Acropolis was built in honor of Athena when Ancient Greece was a thriving civilization. Greece has gone through its ups and downs for several thousand years. As recently as 2004, Athens hosted the Olympics. Now Greece is deep in debt and can’t afford to pay it back. Despite having marble curbs on the street, and some nice neighborhoods like Plaka, Athens has other areas full of abandoned buildings. The thing that struck me most was the graffiti everywhere.

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At least some of it has a sense of humor

At least some graffiti has a sense of humor

That said, daily life in Athens goes on and looked more like this:

Olives at a local markt

Olives at a local market

Inside a Greek Orthodox church

Inside a Greek Orthodox church

Ancient buildings in a modern city

Ancient buildings in a modern city

Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

The Acropolis up on the hillside

The under construction restoration of the Acropolis up on the hillside

Interesting graffiti

Interesting graffiti

Monastiraki Square

Monastiraki Square with the Acropolis looking down upon it

Street musicians at Monastiraki Square

Street musicians at Monastiraki Square

More graffiti

More graffiti in an abandoned building

Roasted peppers, pita, taramotsalata, salad, saganaki, souvlaki, Fix beer, and a little bit of lemon

Roasted peppers, pita, taramotsalata, salad, saganaki, souvlaki, Fix beer, and some lemon

Sheep heads.  10 year old Julian said he didn't want to eat these because he didn't want to think like a sheep.

Roasted sheep heads.
10 year old Julian said he didn’t want to eat these because he didn’t want to think like a sheep. I don’t blame him. I didn’t want to either.

Airing out the tanks on a rainy Greek Independence Day - March 25, 2015.

Airing out the tanks on a rainy Greek Independence Day – March 25, 2015.

On the way up to the Acropolis I noticed these caterpillars.

On the way up to the Acropolis I noticed these caterpillars doing something interesting…

They formed together for safety and made themselves look like a snake.

They formed together and made themselves look like a snake to fool would be predators

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strength, and the arts. In spite of the current financial crisis in Greece, with the aforementioned goddess power at its back, and 3000+ years of history, the beautiful country and its hospitable people will survive.

 

Flying over the Himalayas

Flying over the Himalayas

On my recent flight from Chiang Mai to Athens, I took in this view of the Himalayas and was reminded of my trip to Nepal 15 years ago.

In October 2000, I landed in Kathmandu at midnight and was met at the airport by my dear friends Megan and Jeremy (the same friends who I was just with in Greece). We headed directly to Bhaktapur where we stayed for a week before going to Pokhara for our trek on the Annapurna Circuit.

In Bhaktapur, I have the distinct memory of waking up the morning after I arrived and looking out my guest house window. It felt like being in a living museum. The women were doing their morning puja in vibrant saris, amongst the ancient temples – it was awe inspiring.

Bhaktapur is an ancient city, that was founded in the 1200s, and is full of beautiful old temples. The three of us wandered around that small city and ate ‘king curd’ at the rooftop cafes in Durbar Square, while watching the local people prepare for the Dashain Festival.

The Dashain festival is celebrated for 15 days in September-October all over Nepal to honor the goddess Durga. She is worshiped with offerings, pujas, and many animal sacrifices – from which the blood bathes her statues everywhere. Durga has many manifestations, and her name can be translated as ‘the one who eliminates sufferings’. 

My pictures from that time were taken with film, not a digital camera, so I cannot show you the vibrant images that are forever etched in my mind. Bhaktapur, Nepal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there are loads of pictures online. It is one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited.

This is more or less how I remember Bhaktapur. Image from google images.

This is more or less how I remember Bhaktapur. Image from google images.

On April 25, 2015 Nepal was struck by a 7.9 earthquake.

And now...

And now…this is some of the damage in the Kathmandu Valley.

According to the BBC, “In Bhaktapur, which had been the country’s best preserved old city, initial reports claim half of all buildings have been destroyed and 80% of temples damaged.”

Thousands of people have died, or are homeless. It’s unimaginably tragic. Then I read that in 1934 there had been an earthquake there that had destroyed a third of the temples. Bhaktapur was still incredible in 2000, perhaps all is not lost.

Nepal has the goddesses Durga ‘the one who eliminates sufferings’, and Annapurna, which means ‘full of food’ in Sanskrit, watching over her. Nepal and its kindhearted people will survive, but now they need help. 

I thought about those caterpillars that formed together to make themselves appear to be a snake for protection. When people, or animals, group together, they can gain strength, support, and safety. Now is the time to join together and support Nepal.

Click to find organizations of where to donate. Click Charity Navigator: Your Guide to Intelligent Giving to check out those organizations.

I will be forever grateful to the kindness of strangers I have met on my travels around the globe. It’s time for me to take action and give back to the country whose acrostic is:

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Ending

Peace

And

Love