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Tuesday night after a hard day at work… Not the best time to write TE notes and travel stories. And yet, before anyone points it out… No, I did not make a mistake in the title; this image does show Kathmandu a few months after the earthquake. This stupa, like hundreds of others, did not suffer any damage.

“Which of the famous Nepali temples is this?” I can hear people ask. Well, it’s not any of those. Just a stupa in someone people’s backyard. In Kathmandu, it’s a ubiquitous sight. There are temples, shrines, stupas everywhere, every step you take, left right and centre. Some as simple as this painting of the wall with a hole for the holy rice. In one village house in KTM Valley I stayed in, there was simply a “holy spot” on the wall - completely random and invisible for an outsider; significant for the inhabitants of the house – where they would stick a few grains of rice, a flower and sprinkle a bit of pink powder. It was an important morning ritual, performed by an elder. Why didn’t I take a photo of it?? It was a fleeting and unexpected moment, gone before I pulled out my camera.

Back to this image… Warm February afternoon in Kathmandu back streets, a few locals basking in the sun, washing lines mixed with prayer flags. Life simply goes on.

For those who have not figured that out, I of course dedicate this image to Gert. But there was not enough space to say that in the title.

In WS two more shrines not mentioned in any guide books.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1456 W: 7 N: 2867] (15426)
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