Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Bat at Ballet

Only here. Yesterday I took the girls to their ballet class which is held on the other side of town in an old broken down Rana palace (same place I teach my own class). Kit didn't feel well and wanted to "watch" while Lindsay put on her pink tights and ballet outfit. It is all about the outfit. (This went much better than last year when Lindsay got kicked out for talking too much:)). So we sat on the benches outside the room. The woman I was sitting next to and I looked up and five feet from us was a little bat - just hangin' out. His eyes actually looked open but we told ourselves he was asleep. He swayed and turned a bit periodically. Creepily enough I was sitting there reading The Historian - a novel about a historian's personal quest to unravel the Dracula story. Kit named him Fred. He was kind of cute.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Shivapuri hike

So ... we drove a short way out of KTM and put children on backs and shoulders for a little hike up to Shivapuri Cottage. Super charming, fabulous views of the valley, a nice lunch. One of the guest rooms had a huge mosquito net over the bed - very Out of Africa:). The kids loved petting goats and seeing various and sundry baby animals on the hike up and back. On the way back the driver stopped so we could meet his family. His wife was selling vegetables in a barren stall on the roadside with their 1 and 5 year old little girls close by. A bunch of neigborhood kids gathered around, curious.

Also ... herself, Miss Lindsay ... turns 4 today.