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February 11, 2010 Kathmandu, Nepal

Written by GingerBlossom Published in

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.