Thursday, June 20

Memories from Two Aprils Ago

1. I don't eat sweets a lot because my throat is kind of sensitive. But the cafe beside The Little Dröm Store serves really good cake and pastries. I just can't go home without buying a plateful.

Btw, I didn't get to finish the book in the photo. It's about the Dalai Lama and the things that could happen to Tibet when he's gone. Too bad someone stole it during the flight back home.

2. Magazines and cards from The Little Dröm Store. I don't get to finish all the magazines I buy because I'm so overwhelmed with how simple and pleasing to the eyes their covers are.

3. The afternoon this photo was taken, Noemi and I were in a small town outside Kathmandu. It was about 4 or 5 hours after I had eaten a really tasty but not-so-properly-prepared chicken dish. My stomach started to hurt like hell. I wanted to vomit and cry but I kind of forgot to when I saw the Himalayas.

4. The morning after that, I had to drink plain tea and eat bland food. Feeling so weak, I didn't get to talk to the other travelers, especially to the woman from Chile who backpacked on her own to Nepal from India (yes, she was all alone!). I admire her courage. I was quiet, bordering cranky. Thank god my travel buddy, Noemi, was really patient and more mature than I was :)

5. When we saw the Taj Mahal, I thought that it was really beautiful. I tried to imagine how the people and the elephants back then built it. Another reason why I enjoyed that day is that it was the only time we got to wear something above-the-knees during our trip. It was liberating.

The four towers surrounding the Taj are slightly leaning outwards. So, in the event of an earthquake or something similar, they wouldn't destroy the main mausoleum.

6. This one was taken in Jaipur. The Pink City is yes, pink. Or pink-orange. This is where I hoarded hand-carved wooden blocks. They're easy to spot in the streets. Just like dancing pythons. Haha.

I hope to go back.

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