November 06, 2008: This morning brought us into another world!

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Timm and Mary Anne

A day of contrasts: for the past week we have traveled on foot awed by the silence of the mountains and their beauty. From time to time we would be greeted by fellow trekkers and always a “namaste” by each villager. Our trek took us back to centuries old traditions.

This morning brought us into another world! We toured Pokhara: first by visiting the Tibetan Refugee Center. The weavers were eager to share their art with us, patiently demonstrating weaving techniques. Following was a trip to Devi’s Falls, then onto the International Mountain Museum. This housed in a twentieth century building and contains a collection of artifacts and photographs depicting the natural history and indigenous people of the mountains of Nepal. The photos of European mountain people fifty years ago contrasted with the Nepali people today are a memory that will not soon be forgotten. One section is dedicated to individuals in the international mountaineering community.

Then it was off to a Buddhist temple, followed by lunch lake-side. The lake is beautiful complete with kayaks, row boats and working boats.

As it happens so often in this area Mt. Machhapuchre (fishtail) appears to dominate the horizon from wherever you look.