Remarkable Nepal

 

Nepal_bhaktapur_flowersSuddenly after 33 hours of plane travel I’ve arrived in the lap of the Himalayas, Kathmandu Valley.

I’m staying in Bhaktapur the most ancient place in the country surrounded by intricately carved wooden temples. One of the best parts?

Walking in the square buying flowers to do love offerings with all the other Hindus, at 6AM.

I love the people here. They are the kindest people I know. Their smiles come in spades.

Truth.

How to act like a local? Smile a lot and pretend you aren’t from half a world away. It usually works.

But I tried a different tactic on the pack of dogs outside my window rabble-rousing last night. I shouted from the 2nd story window where I sleep for them to cut their shit and shut up. They listened. The howling stopped.

This New York girl is not going to lose sleep.The temple bells start ringing 10 feet from my window at 5:30AM there is no sleeping after that.

But there is a cacophony of local color outside my pad at the Shiva Guesthouse, the oldest guesthouse in Bhaktapur where the management knows me and allows me to put my yogurt in the refrigerator with the Cokes for sale.

But don’t tell anyone.

Bhaktapur_www.bartnikowski.

Bhaktapur_www.bartnikowski.

After walking around Bhaktapur getting my “curd” which is yogurt, and there is no better curd made worldwide, you’ll drop your Greek Fage and never eat it again if you get to taste King Curd.

Pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top and that’s breakfast.

Yesterday and today will be helping out over at the women’s shelter, check it out here,

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This lovely girl has been living at the shelter for a year. I met her in 2013, in her village, a 13-hour drive from Kathmandu. She was in a domestic abuse situation and is now free. I’ve never seen her happier. She’s going to school and helping at the shelter. She learns at lightening speed and I’m standing in her glow watching it all.

Wow, this is how to change lives, one person at a time.

$700 a year is all it takes to feed, educate, and house one girl in Nepal. This is what Beyond the Four Walls is doing now.

Do you want to come and stay with us?

You’ll have a Nepali immersion adventure and a low cost amazing place to stay.

Your small room fee pays for the costs associated with running Beyond the Four Walls, a foundation that empowers women, providing employment, housing, and education for women who want to change their lives after being abused and neglected.

Girls and women learn to make empowered choices and not fall prey to sex slavery and early marriage.

Wolf Price, Founder of Beyond the Four Walls

Wolf Price, Founder of Beyond the Four Walls

Yesterday we cleaned up rooms and got the kitchen in order for the cafe that will re-open soon. It’s a garden cafe at this location, before it was on a busy street so this new place will be more serene and provide smoothies, premium coffee, lasis, and hamburgers. Stop by and see us. It will be up and running after we get the water system fully installed.

Namaste!

Make a donation, no amount too small, even $10 helps. http://til.tt/8qrA

cleaning up and organizing at www.b4wnepal.com

cleaning up and organizing at www.b4wnepal.com

Turtle Love

Wild animals make me move. Yes I mean, pack my bags and go.

In Nepal it was the elephants, in Hawaii it’s the dolphins, sea turtles, and monk seals.

These endangered and protected beings know where it’s at. They show up in the world and it makes me act like those people who followed the Grateful Dead all over North America just to hear them.

And I’ve heard them. Sea Turtles have a silent wisdom. When I sit with them in the mornings over in Poipu their patience penetrates my speed.

I don’t want to go anywhere, I have no desires to be elsewhere.

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After being with them I decided to live on Poipu, the south side of the island.

It’s now my favorite beach.

The point is, you can choose where to live based on how you feel about a place. Yes this is radical.

But think of it, where was the place that called to your soul?

Do you live there now?

Turtles know Poipu Beach Park is a safe place to rest. They look happy when they are sleeping on the sand here.

I’m inspired to live the same way.

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