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February 9, 2010 Kathmandu, Nepal

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Today is the first day that it's rained since October. With no sunshine and no power, I had the novel experience of eating breakfast by candle light. Raw, rainy and cold, it makes me want to stay indoors, but I've got work to do. Heat and lights go back on tonight at 9 p.m., I am already looking forward to it. Shopkeepers have set up little bonfires in the street to keep warm, and hot milk-teas are in abundance. I got another motorcycle ride outside of the city yesterday to look at fabric samples, I am so glad that it was yesterday and not today.

I saw Kathak this morning, our conversations take some very interesting turns. He told me that dogs, horses, and yaks and cows are especially beloved by Tibetans because they can help forewarn of impending calamity to the family, and so help to prevent it.