Finally the world is reacting about India's blockade of the borders.
Washington DC
Two days ago I took a photo of this cooking gas line. It was hundreds of meters long.


Birthday week

The 16:th of November we celebrated Leya's 9:th birthday.
She is growing too fast!
The 16:th our dear friends Kathrine and Manish welcomed their son Aaron to the world.
Of course this is a very special date for us and I can't believe he choose to be born that day of all days.
He is adorable and I can't wait to meet him when the whole family moves to Delhi in March.
The 19:th, charming Kuchan downstairs celebrated her 2:nd birthday.
We are lucky to have this little sweetheart in the house.



Last week we celebrated Tihar, Diwali in India, the second largest holiday in Nepal.
First it was the crows' day, but we didn't see any. I guess they had gone to a party palace.
Then it was the dogs' day and we celebrated our own dogs and the neighborhood dogs, as usual.
Our sweethearts Lizzie and Angel.
Neighborhood dog friends.
The third day it was Laxmi's day. She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Leya is performing a puja, ceremony.
The fourth day is the cows' day and then we should have searched for a cow to put this thread on the tail, but we totally forgot about it.
This yellow and orange thread we had put on by a Brahmin in a Hindu temple in August and when you put it on a cow's tail you go straight to heaven when you die.
Apparently you have to renew it every year. I guess this action will remove all your sins and it's almost impossible to not catch a sin here and there during a normal way of living.
The last day is the most important day. It's when the sisters celebrate their brothers and we were fortunate to participate in three different ceremonies.
Our friend Prem and his family are Buddhists, but since the kids were small they celebrate this day even though it's a Hindu festival.
I love this about Nepal. Why not enjoy each others festivals?
Here Prem gets his tikka, red color mixed with water and rice, and the 7 colors of the body's chakras, put on his forehead.
Here my mom gets one too.
Prem's mom is so old and sweet. I just want to hug her every time we visit.
Then we went to Mom Sweetie's house. She is in New York, but the traditions are still performed by the puja master, Munju, Mom Sweetie's oldest daughter and Eva's mom.
This family is Newari, a large folk group here in Nepal.
Nicholas is greeted as a brother and Leya celebrates Eva's brother Evans as her brother.
Last we went to my Nepalese little brother Suresh home where I was a part of the puja as a sister.
Suresh and his two brothers have four sisters and here is the oldest sister also in charge of the rituals.
This family is Brahmin, the highest caste.
Suresh, in the white t-shirt, is a happy fellow. Next to him is a customer from Greece, who experienced a dhai, brother, puja for the first time.
I think it was rather overwhelming for him with all the different steps in the ritual, but he is a cool guy.
Here Mahesh, the middle brother, gets his chakra tikka.
As every year Tihar is the most busy, fun and light festival of the year and this year it was exciting to see three different dhai pujas, but it's the same as we celebrate Christmas. Every household has it's own traditions, but there are some common elements.


A long update

Sorry for being absent for such a long time, but I've been in bed with a terrible flu and my computer crashed for the fourth time in less than a year, so I finally got a new one.
So what has happened during the last couple of weeks?
Our friends Christer and Karina came and stayed with us for a few days before they went trekking around Pokhara and had a pleasant visit at the national park in Chitwan riding an elephant, watching rhinos and got chased by mosquitoes.
Here they are planning the trek with our friend and trekking guide Prem.
Before they went back to Sweden Karina ordered a pair of handmade boots.
See the cool fabrics she has chosen for the boots at the front to the right in the picture.
We got donations from friends in Sweden and The Netherlands so we could help Prem and buy a computer for his lovely daughter Muna who is studying computer science in collage.
I'm so grateful to have friends all over the world who have the heart and resources to help us help friends here in
A week ago my mom came to visit us for a month.
It was so great so see her again!
On Tuesday mom will go to Chitwan for the whole safari adventure. She got inspired by Christer and Karina!

The Indians are still blocking the borders so petrol, cooking gas, medicines and other products can't come to Nepal.
It's an horrible situation for many people. For example has Maya been forced to walk the streets again selling pouches to tourists even though she has her own shop. There are simply no products she can purchase and sell.
The blockade isn't sanctioned, but no one seem to care.
This situation is just horrible and a big set back for Nepal after the earthquakes.
Where is UN when you need them?