Mehndi

Some snaps from the mehndi we got in Mahendrapul, Pokhara. Going to draw some pretty designs like this after Thursday’s exam… Ohhh Thursday’s exam, how you are currently ruining my life.

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Mehndi

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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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