Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Patan Durbar Square, Pt. 2

This is a picture of one of the many public bath areas you can find in Nepal. This man is getting a drink.Are there any electricians out there who can figure this one out?

While walking around Patan Square, we entered into a Newari neighborhood. This group of people are one of the originals in Nepal and they have a unique way of building little communities with the cities here. This is just one little Newari home that caught my eye. I'm not too sure of that porch!

Here we are as a family enjoying the peace and quiet above all the commotion down below. We heard that it is mainly women who come to "worship" Lord Krishna. Because of his story he is a god that is mainly worshiped by women. However, there were plenty of men and children found here also.

Patan Durbar Square

Here is the famous Patan Durbar Square in Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal (last picture below). This is actually just walking distance from our house. Many of the temples here were built in the 1500s and the 1600s. We decided to go and see the sights this past Saturday and found ourselves almost lost in a sea of people.
This particular day, just so happened to be, Lord Krishna's birthday and thousands of followers showed up to give their offerings and to receive their blessing. This particular temple is only opened up once a year and so the people come in droves on that particular day.
Check out this house below. There is a basket shop below and the owners most likely live on top. I'm not sure I'd want to be there during an earthquake!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

First days in Nepal

What a "trek" these last several months have been for us. After 11 years of serving in Indonesia, God called us to move to Nepal. It has been an exciting adventure and a journey we'd like to share with you. We arrived here in Nepal on August 1st. Some of our first impressions were:

- It's a lot like Indonesia, but much poorer.
- The traffic is unbelievably insane here.
- Everyone spits anywhere.
- The food is excellant.
- The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.
- The weather is much more bearable here.

We didn't take too long to begin trekking around Kathmandu and exploring our surroundings. Here are some of our photos from our first few days. Enjoy!

We've moved...

Yes, we've moved now, in more ways than one. In the past, I had attempted to create a blog while we were still in Indonesia. The internet frustrated me, plus, I am not a genius when it comes to computers, and I have only a limited amount of patience when working with the above two topics. Needless to say, I gave up. But now that we are in a new country, have good internet access, and I've become more determined to figure this "blog" thing out; hopefully, I can continue to update you on our "treks" here in Nepal. So bear with me and I hope that you enjoy this journey as much as we are.