I told you in the Day 14 entry about the little kid. So let’s start with him. Cute as a button but all BOSS!! at a gentle 5 years old.
There he is Capt’n Cool, sporting extra dark shades as he stares down the Incense burner. The he proceeded to demonstrate “Nepalese Big Boy Hygiene” He was a little shy, but eventually I won hm over and we started rough-housing, where I would lift him up and throw him in the air – what ensued was a teeter-totter of high-pitched, innocent, but definitely insane laughter (the kind of laughter where panic and pleasure wrestle inside a person’s head – similar to the first time you rode a roller-coaster) and begging for more, when ever I wanted/needed to recover.
Eventually we left and were on our way.Halfway in between Thame and Namche. We ran into a group from Germany that traveled with their own buddhist monk. They were ascending to spend a week together in a retreat. But these people were not looking “new-agey”. You know tie-dye shirts and surrounded by a sweet smell of the art teachers break room. They were my parents age and as it turned out, they had been doing this for years. As we strolled down – really that’s what we did – we walked past many prayer rocks. They usually all say the same:”Ohm Mani Padme Hum” one of those basic mantras.With about one hours to go, we crossed a bridge and stopped to admire the wall paintings.We kept walking and all of a sudden we literally came around the bend and Namche was laid out before us.Due to a certain lack of space, there are Yaks all over Namche, feeding and wondering what to do in this weird time, when they neither walk, not do they have loads to carry. Namche is the main trading post in the Solokhumbu region and thus the major village in the area.Some people are a little richer than the neighbors and so the old “Keeping up with the Joneses” applies here, too. Above is the entry door of the Joneses from Namche. And because of that front-door statement the Anderson’s – they are a bit “uppety” – well they had to keep up and surpass the Joneses and went all out on the carpentry and paintings of their new post-earthquake front gate.
And with that little “story “From The Book” we will close the chapter on Day 15.
Stay sharp and keep it real.
Cheers Markus \m/