While I wait for Elizabeth to sort out more favorite photos from the 100 bajillion or so she brought back, here are more impressions from the bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
One thing that struck Elizabeth about Nepalese culture is that there are corporate logos literally everywhere. She got the impression that many of them aren’t even paid advertising, people just like the designs and paint them on their stuff. One example was this small Shiva shrine, which had Castrol Oil logos on the sides and back:
Another thing was the haphazard way structures there are built anywhere they can be squeezed in, seemingly out of whatever materials are on hand.
Tata freight trucks. Like everything else about Nepal, they are bright and colorful.
Breakfast smoothie on a pit stop.
Snowy Annapurna Massif in the far background, the section of the Himalayas that borders Nepal.
Adorable Elizabeth is adorable.
And finally, they arrived at the home of family friends, Sabita and her son Bee Striit.
By happy coincidence, they arrived on Emma’s 23rd birthday! Sabita was ready with a beautiful Ganesha cake and traditional trimmings.
What a warm and gracious welcome!
More to come!