Saturday, July 26, 2014


Hello!  Let's go shopping!  Those who know me, know that I like to shop!  I learned it from my mom, (yes, Mom, you taught me well!) and even though I can "shop till I drop," my mom can still usually out shop me!  Anyway, here in Nepal, I was happy to note when we got here, there are many shopping options available for everyone, no matter what your preferences are!

You may recognize this store's name!
It's in the tourist part of Kathmandu called Thamel, 
if you're ever in town and want to check it out!

Our favorite store in Thamel is this one:

W love it because it's big and you can wander around without the owners following you around.
They not only sell books, but also nice gifts.  
The prices are fixed too, which is nice.  I haven't been able to get used to bargaining.
I know it's fun for some people, but I haven't become one of them yet.
(That's just my personal choice.) 

A very sad thing happened to the other Pilgrim's House store.
Yes, there used to be two of them.  The other was the original one.
Oh so sadly, it burned to the ground a little over a year ago, and several other stores around it too.
Everyone who knew this store is still sad, including us.

Here is the nice restaurant that they had.
Now it's just a memory.  Yes, still so sad.

Of course, as in every city of the world, as you drive around,
you pass shop after shop after shop.

Some, like this one, which is so cute, I'd like to stop and look at,

but when you're in heavy traffic,

and there are very few parking lots,
it's hard to find a place to park!

Of course, since we're in the Himalayas, as we drive around,
we also get glimpses like this!  Majestic!

Once when we were driving around, we went past this little group of shops.

Just past this, we stopped at a light.
I looked around, and was so enchanted to see this beautiful child--
I gave her the Namaste sign, and she gave it back!
Isn't she super precious?!

As we started to drive off, she waved to me!
Oh my word!  How adorable!  Bless her heart!  

Of course when my mom was here (yes, she's been able to come twice!), we went shopping!
I was able to snap her taking a picture of a shopping area in the tourist town of Pokhara.

(By the way, if you missed the two posts about the trip I took there with her,
you can read the first one here and the second one here--if you are interested.
I must say that I'm proud of some of the pictures!)

Here she is shopping in one of the several Bhat Bhatini stores in Kathmandu.
Now Bhat Bhatini is my favorite store here--again, fixed prices and
no one follows you around as you shop.  It's like Super Walmart because
you can buy everything there!  If they don't have it, you probably don't need it!

If you'll notice, Mom is smiling!  See what's in her hands?
Yes, she's so happy to have found M&Ms!  Yeah!
I must say that you can usually find M&Ms here, and also Lay's Potato Chips,
which you can see are there in our cart.  Yes, the cart gets pretty full, since we
can only go once a week, and we never know when we may have to miss a week,
so we have to plan ahead--just in case.

Bhat Bhatini is going to have it's own post one of these upcoming days.
I've been working on it for some time.  Soon, soon!

Now, soon after we got here, back in 2010, I did write about one shopping experience I had at
Bhat Bhatini!  If you missed it, you can read about it here.
If I say so myself, it's funny!

Another one of the stores that we love in Kathmandu is Ekta Bookstore.
It's filled from top to bottom with books, several floors worth,
and this is most wonderful!

Obviously, we never leave without buying something!

Here's the beautiful children's section.  Yes, I bought something there the other day!

Another bookstore we love is in this building near the area called New Road.

Yes, this small building not only has an amazing bookstore, but as you can see it also
has a motorbike workshop, a restaurant,

and a key shop.

It's one stop shopping!

Plus, the parking lot is next to the large field where the army does maneuvers
and offers a great view!

Well, that's all for now!  I hope everyone reading this is having a lovely day!
Take care and God bless!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hospital Happenings

Hello Friends!  Hope all is well with everyone reading this!  We are fine, and trying not to melt with the hot and very, very humid weather!  There's not enough rain, which is worrisome, but there's enough humidity to make you feel like you just stepped out of a swimming pool!  Oh well, at least we're not freezing, which we will be before we know it--right?!

If only we had time, we could cool off here, at Kathmandu Fun Park, which is just down the road a bit:
When we drive by, I'm happy to see everyone having fun there!

Well, for today's post, I'm going to link you over to the hospital's blog so you can read about the summer happenings in that news blog.  Through a generous donation, the hospital is able to offer a great blessing to many children!  Ramon is happy to be involved as the anesthesiologist.  He says the little ones are so beautiful and such good patients!  To read about it, click here:

And for a brief look at the school, here's a cute picture of the cuteness I get to see every day.  These are some of the Nursery class students, who escape from their room and run to the door to greet me every day when they see me walking to the school.  Isn't it wonderful!  They are jumping up and down, waving and clapping their hands, and shouting, "Kathy Ma'am!  Kathy Ma'am!"  It's awesome!

More pictures soon!
Have a nice day, week, month, and year!  
Take care and God bless!