Saturday, January 19: After the tour is over, I ask the driver to drop me at the Black & White Cafe near the lakeside so I can eat some lunch. I order the famous Nepali dish I’ve heard all about: daal bhaat. Many Nepalis eat this as their only meal twice a day, every day of their lives. It consists of rice, lentils, vegetable curry, some pickled relish. I will write more details about it in a later post, when I have pictures to accompany the description. Today, I don’t take any photos of my lunch at the Black & White Cafe… probably because I am too occupied with enjoying every bite!
After lunch, I walk along Phewa Lake toward my hotel, so I can relax a bit before my planned afternoon walk along the lake shore.
While at this little shrine, I am intercepted by a Tibetan lady who appeals to me to buy some of her jewelry. She tells me she is a woman without a country, without citizenship. I feel bad for her struggles. I look at her jewelry, and if I had liked any of it, I would have bought something. But I don’t particularly care for anything she has to sell. With all the people in Nepal who are asking for help in some way, just as in India, I cannot help everyone. I do try to buy things from locals, but my general rule is to only buy if I really like something. Otherwise I’d be handing out money every half hour or so, and accumulating things I don’t need or want. I’m not wealthy and I have to scrimp and save for every vacation. In so many parts of the world, everyone thinks Westerners have money to throw away. I wish!!
I return to my hotel where I go out on my balcony to search for a view of the Annapurna Range. This afternoon, the mountains are shrouded in clouds. I do enjoy a view of the gardens and the town, though, and read a bit of my book, What I Loved, before I go out for a lovely walk around the lake.