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We are now back after a long holiday in Europe. Since returning home to Nepal the rain has been relentless – however, we should of course not complain – at least we are safe here in Nepal whereas hundreds of thousands have been relocated in Pakistan due to floods. Lieke has stated a long program of extensive travels. With her new job as Regional Advisor for the whole of South Asia she has to visit all the countries. On the top of that she has some trips to Europe and the US so the kids and I will not get to see her much the next couple of months.
We had a nice although quite long holiday back in Europe over the summer. The kids and me left a month before Lieke so we got extra time with Oma and Opa and also with the family in Denmark. We managed to see many of our friends but as we held our holiday earlier this year many of you also had left on holiday yourselves. So if we didn’t manage to see you we hope to manage next year. One of the reasons that we were in Europe earlier this year was that we had to fit the holiday with the kids’ school holiday. On the top of that we also wanted to be in the Netherlands for Oma’s 70s birthday. All in all we had a very nice time.
We are now gearing up for what will hopefully be a nice autumn. We already now know that we will have visitors over Christmas which we of course look forward to, and that we will probably also have to go back to India for a wedding. So all in all we are looking forward to a nice time.
Below you find a few photos from our holiday – please also check our flickr account for more
It was a tough choice - should we stay in Napal during what by all indications would be an uncertain beginning of May or should we go to Thailand for what might not be a more stable situation with Red Shirts on the streets - In the end we decided to go to Thailand - a good choice as Nepal we totally paralyzed for a week with tens of thousands of demonstrators on the street - Thailand on the other hand was OK although we did not manage to do as much shopping as usual as all major shopping malls were closed.
We of course had to put the van de Wiels through the same as the other guests had gone through. As Liva had a performance she had to be dressed as a teacher (therefore the matching jacket and skirt
That the kids enjoyed most in Pokhara was the pool at the Shangri La hotel, in which they are about to jump in this picture.
All of us together with out guide and porters
Keeping on eye on the Ingelse part of the family.
With so many visitors over we know the drill by now. One of the stops that all have had to go through has been to visit the Lincoln School in connection with "fabulous Friday" and get presented to the rest of the school. As Joop had a performance we rationalized the procedure a bit and presented both the Millers and the Frederikke and Simone at the same time and they all got the hear the "Hallo" song.
Another part of our concept is to take all visitors to the traditional Nepali Newari restaurant at Dwarika's Hotel called Krishnarpan Restaurant for a nine course Newari meal
For some reason you have to wear aprons to eat at this restaurant. However, if Hillary Clinton, President Carter and many other famous people can do it, so can we ....... YES WE CAN
I am loosing track of time here so I just went to the calendar and checked and it is true - We have now had guests for 7 weeks in a row - that must be a new record for us. When Margje, Chris, Philip and Ilias are leaving on Tuesday (knock on wood and sacrifice an virgin to the Ejafjalljökull volcano on Iceland) we have had guests for 54 days in a row - It is true - my fancy Ical calendar on my Imac says so. However I am getting a bit ahead of myself here and should really go 7 weeks back.
With the arrival of spring and the better and much warmer (around 33c these days) weather, the guests have started to arrive. First it was Frederikke and Simone who managed to make a detour on their trip around East and South East Asia to come and see us here in Nepal. A week ago my younger sister Henriette and her family arrived and in just over a weeks time Lieke's sister and her family will arrive. The kids are off on Spring break but we managed to take all the guests to school just before the holiday started so they could be presented to all the friends of Liva and Joop. We have until now taken it easy but Henriette, Flemming and I did manage to go on a Everest Mountain flight yesterday where we saw Everest and we have until now made some small trips into the city. Tomorrow we will go to Chitwan National Park where the kids can ride on Elephants and where we will hopefully see a couple of Rhinos.
This weekend it was Holi and we went outside Kathmandu for a BBQ with some friends. Holi is the festival of color to honor the demoness Holika. Most Nepalis meet with friends and family and throw colored powder and water on each other.
I know that there are two things I do way too much on this blog - I post too many photos of our view and I write too much about our struggles with lack of water and electricity. You will have to bear with me on both counts as they constitute so much of our everyday lives. However, I might now stop talking so much about our lack of electricity as we are having solar panels installed to help with our electricity needs.
Fastelavn - a Danish tradition where all evil is disbursed by hitting the !@#%^ out of a barrel with a black cat inside (we kept Smutti at home) or at least a drawing of a black cat - was held here in Kathmandu the other weekend. Some of the other Danes were nice enough to invite everyone over and had even managed to get three barrels made. Joop dressed up as a princess (surprise surprise) whereas Liva went as a ghost (a sheet with two holes to look through)
While in Hong Kong I bought myself a GPS - that is, I bought it on behalf of Lieke as it was a birthday present from her. We are of course planning to take a few hikes while we are Nepal as this country is made for hiking. However, what hooked me on the whole GPS thing was my friends in Denmark telling me about Geocashing - this modern version of a treasure hunt where you find boxes hidden by others through their coordinates. So...., after I got my GPS I used two mornings on hiking around discovery bay to get all the geocaches that was hidden there - I even managed to get "travel bug" (picture at the top) that I am planning to place in cache here in Nepal. The only bad thing is that we only have few caches here in Nepal and that they are all at places like the Everest Basecamp etc. So it will be hard to get my cache count up until we go on holiday again.
After just over a week in Hong Kong we are now back in Kathmandu. We had a very nice trip where we got to spend some time with Martijn, Maki and the kids and also got to meet up with Simone and Dominic again. Whenever we take holidays from Nepal a major part will be dedicated to shopping and this time was not different - We went to Ikea and brought home 40 kg of plates, bed linen and other things - I managed to buy a new lens to my camera and also the GPS that Lieke promised me for my birthday. As we had been to Hong Kong quite a few times by now we didn't use much time on sightseeing - we managed however to go to the peak of Hong Kong and the kids got a trip to Disneyland. All in all we had a very nice trip.