Movies, a new pet shop and Nicholas' birthday

Finally they showed family movies at the local cinema, so we saw them both last weekend.
Close to the cinema our landlord's son has opened his own pet shop.
I'm so happy that he is selling my vintage sari dog leash made by Nepalese women.
The next door vet has a nice information sign on his door. (Check the picture in the left corner).
The 13:th of December, also known for the Swedish festival Lucia, is Nicholas' birthday and we celebrated him with a nice dinner.
As you can see in the background they still have a long way to go repairing the stupa after the earthquakes.



Last week I passed through the earthquake camp near our house, on the way to pick up Leya from school.
A young boy, Dhiraj, he turned out to be 12, approached me and insisted that I should meet his mother.
He was really well behaved and spoke good English.
His friends asked for money, but he asked for school supplies and that made a big impression on me, so of course we got him some copies, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners and scales.
The only thing he asked for, other than the school supplies, was some food for his mother who has bad health, so we bought a few kilos of suntala, a small orange grown here in Nepal.
My mother is always saying that we have to eat C vitamins, so I hope it helps Dhiraj's mom to gain strength.
Here is the camp. At 6 pm it's pitch black since there is no electricity.
Dhiraj is cuddling with a camp puppy.
Dhiraj's mom is sitting in the middle, a little to the right, in a maroon sweater.
You can see everyone smiling and it's very characteristic for the Nepalse people. They keep on smiling even if their heart is crying.
Leya is buying the school supplies.
When we brought the supplies we were invited in to the family tent.
Apparently they rent a room somewhere, but it's not safe after the earthquakes so they don't stay there. They are also very afraid of new earthquakes.


An amazing story

One of our jewelry suppliers told me an amazing story.
A relative of hers died of a massive heart attach Saturday. He use to be a monk, but left the monastery when he got married and had kids.
They actually managed to put him in a meditation position after his death, see the photo of a monk who is very much alive, and he stayed warm for three days. Just long enough for his daughter to arrive from USA.
You read about these things, but this really happened and it shows that it's a lot more to life and death than we can ever imagine.


Christmas tree

A few days ago, the 1:st of Advent, we decorated our Christmas tree and our little neighbor Sherpa-girl Kuchan joined us.