In the morning, I sat around talking with Ernie, before we headed out to their private van that they hired for the day.
Our first stop was Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which was really sick - prayer flags hanging everywhere, stupas with the Buddha's eyes (symbol of Nepal) staring at you from every direction, and monkeys playing and ploting ways to attack you (one bit Catherine).
From there, we went to an orphanage called Katja House. The kids were adorable! We played with them and they did performances for us (videos to come when I get back to the States) . One that hit us particularly hard was "Waka Waka," the lyrics of which are uplifting (literally): "when you fall get up, oh oh, and if you fall get up, ay ay." It was hard to say goodbye to the kids, especially when they begged us not to go and told us if we didn't come back the next day they would cry. I wish I could adopt them all (especially Shukinder... spelling?)
Ernie posing in front of the Buddha's eyes, matching his new tattoo.
Back left to right: Karen, Michael (Misha), Hannah, Catherine, Ernie; Front: Graham
Catherine (who didn't want her picture taken) and Graham
"Uncle Graham," aka Beckham, charming a group of Nepali orphans
The older orphans don't get as much attention as the cuter young kids, it's really sad
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