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February 11, 2010 Kathmandu, Nepal

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This year Shivaratri, Valentine's Day, and Tibetan New Year (Losar) all pretty much fall on the same weekend, and it's getting kinda different out on the streets. I had two offers today to go smoke ganja and dance at the bonfires at Shivaratri and the saddhus are out in force, real ones and the faux kind as well. I might be wrong, but the guys who chase you around to smear a tikka on your head and then want rupees I've lumped into the faux catagory. Tibetans are coming into town, and the Potala Guest House is presently housing a large contingency from Bhutan.

I spent a chunk of the morning trying to find a pink fuzzy teddy bear for a friend's daughter for Valentine's Day, and the hunt was more interesting than the find. One section of the market was devoted to the fancy dress for Kumari (Living Goddess) wanna-bes and the meat market might make a vegetarian out of the most hard-core carnivore.