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I’ve been MIA for a while. Being home has been super busy. Here’s to the next chapter of life… not a particularly exciting one, but I’ll make the best of it!

Things to achieve by the end of the year:

* apply to medschool

* have some money again

* find a job for next year

* make everything on my baking and cooking lists

* book a trip to France to skiiiii

* knit a hat. Preferably of the cable variety. With a bobble, obviously.

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[view down the valley from just above Phedi, Nepal. Potentially one of the most beautiful views ever]

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Work in progress

Today:
*hunt down some more beautiful woven fabric in Indra Chowk.
*find the pendant that Annie wanted, and buy it for her, because she’s wonderful.
*drink mint tea.
*finish this:

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[my drawing of The Garden of Dreams, where I found myself yesterday. It was beautifully tranquil, despite being right in the centre of Kathmandu. This probably looks nothing like it, however, since five minutes after I started it, it started raining a lot, so I’ve done most of it from memory, but it has turned out better than I first though.]

Work in progress

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I don’t know how it happened, but yesterday afternoon I ended up in an Indian slum, with a two-month old baby in my arms (I’ve never held a baby before, I was a bit scared I was going to break it), being shown around by a group of excitable kids.

Today so far has been spent in the company of my digital camera for once. (Then it ran out of battery and I remembered why I love the 35mm one instead.) Anyway, I’ve got a new thing for totally out of focus photographs, so I switched it to manual focus and went crazy. Probably going to regret this when I actually see the photographs on my iPad. Oh well.

If I wasn’t actually here, and someone described Kathmandu to me, it would probably sound like my idea of a nightmare, to be honest. Having space is such a luxury.

Today is a sad day, because my Moleskine finally ran out of pages. I’ve moved onto to defacing a battered old notebook I picked up in Pokhara for 50Rs… Not quite the same as a super expensive (but totally worth it) Moleskine.

*mint tea love. Plant a new mint plant when I’m home.

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[lunch time doodling]

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