Amazing news from Kathmandu

Leopard

I somehow missed this piece of amazing news which happened in Kathmandu last April. Here is the media report:-  Yesterday morning, Nepal’s international Airport in Kathmandu was shut down for half an hour after a leopard was spotted on its runway.

A pilot for a private airline noticed the wild cat walking down the airport’s only runway at 7:45am and immediately alerted airport officials.

The only international flight scheduled to arrive at the time was requested to delay landing. Runway operations were stopped until it was confirmed that the animal was hiding in one of the airport drains.

About 50 people including firefighters, security forces and wildlife officials were dispatched on the task to capture the leopard. The search was put off until later that evening. A spokesperson for the airport said, “We resumed the hunt later in the night after the animal’s eyes started shining in the dark.”

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My Christmas Day

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Estela, Kumar and Kiki,Christmas 2017

We had a great Christmas Day here and it all happened with almost no preparation because we had very little time to prepare for anything and finally when I found some free time to go out, the shops had mostly closed down for the Christmas break.

Today we were accompanied by our friends Estela (left) and Kiki (right). Estela is originally from Kunming in China and Kiki is originally from Osaka in Japan. We had lots of fun and laughter and Kumar cooked us a nice dinner of chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, peas, carrots and gravy, accompanied by a fresh salad and a bottle of excellent, ice cold sparkling wine.

My apartment in Portugal is much too small so we are very restricted for our guests and friends. Nevertheless we have been taking AirBNB guests since early this year which helps bring in some money to pay the bills. We can only take two guests at a time mostly and to do this, Kumar has to sleep on a floor mattress in the sitting room. We are much too crowded but we manage it well somehow and get almost 100% of 5 star reviews from our guests.

When we can move to a larger home, we want to invite many more friends to come here to stay with us.

If you would like to read what guests say about here and me, here is the link. Click on ‘SEE MORE’ to read all 109 reviews.

https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/7994598#reviews

Take a look at the food which Kumar cooked for us today.

Lunch, Christmas Day 2017

A link for you, Pat

I was just telling Pat about Naxi music. This morning I was relaxing and listening to some Naxi music from Lijiang , Yunnan in southwest China.  I have travelled to Yunnan four times so far and visited Lijiang twice.  I love the Naxi culture.  Lijiang Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Centre and probably the most picturesque village I’ve ever seen.  Here is the Youtube link to my favourite Naxi song which I first heard many years ago in a pavilion in Black Dragon Pool Park in Lijiang.

I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Lijiang.  It is just a few hours bus ride from the state capital, Kunming, and there are daily flights too. There are lots of inexpensive hotels, guesthouses and homestays there. There are also hundreds of restaurants dotted along the banks of the incredibly picturesque canals. Here is a picture of Black Dragon Pool Park. It is really scenic.

Black Dragon Pool park in Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Winter arrives in Portugal

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Almada across the river

Well I don’t know about you but winter has hit us here in Portugal and yesterday we never even made it to 20c. But the sun is shining as usual and the sky is blue so with a jacket we can enjoy ourselves outside. We now have three or four months of winter to get through.

The picture above shows Lisbon City in the foreground with Cacilhas (Almada) directly across the river.  The black arrow shows where I live on the little hill. The big square is called Praca de Comercio in the heart of the tourist area. Many visitors love to walk around this square and have a meal or a beer at one of the many restaurants around this square.

No news from Dai

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Since I returned from Germany a few days ago, I really have no substantial news at all.  I have been ridiculously busy here as usual and the coming week already has a full schedule for me.

I have many urgent things to do and I’ve no idea how I’m going to get everything done this week. I wish that Rasmi, Luma, Rekha and Goma were here to give a helping hand.  I am missing home in Kathmandu very, very much.

Yesterday our friend Vincent arrived from Belgium and he’ll be staying here in Lisbon for two days. In the afternoon Vincent, Kumar and I chatted and drank a bit too much white wine. My proposed abstinence didn’t work for long.

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Today is Mailys’s birthday and she wants to eat some pasteis de nata (a sample pictured above) so I have to get busy with the breakfast now.

Well, have a pleasant weekend. I have, so far.

Greetings from Germany

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No, I haven’t relocated again but I’m having a very rare break after many months of very hard work. It’s been many years since I’ve seen my old friends Keiji, Diana and Astrid so now I’m staying with them and their four kids for a rest and a holiday.  It’s been great to meet my old friends again and we’ve had a lot of talking and a lot of drinking to do. I think that when I get back to Lisbon I’m going to be totally abstinent for a while.

Please ignore the picture of the mountains near Kathmandu. I can’t explain why facebook is selecting that picture because the picture in my blog is actually of three beer steins. This peculiar facebook/Wordpress glitch of publishing the wrong picture has been around for several years and I can’t overcome it.

I’ve always thought that shopping in Portugal was as cheap as it could get but after yesterday I now know that most things are actually much cheaper here in the Bundesrepublik. Wine is far cheaper in Portugal though. So as you can guess I’ve been out doing a lot of shopping and price comparing. I hope my baggage won’t be overweight for the return flight.

What’s the best cure for a hangover ?

I’ve won on the lottery. Life is great

Serra da Estrela

Playing the lottery is exciting for me but more about that later when I know the exact  amount I have won. Now who would guess that the above picture was taken right here in Portugal ?  When people think of Portugal they think of the sunniest part of Europe with great beaches, great food, great wine and great people.  But not so far northeast of here lies an area called Serra da Estrela, an area of mountains, forests and lakes.  It seems like Portugal has everything for everybody.  But what we do have right now is a severe drought and the government is asking its citizens to use as little water as possible.  We’ve had some showers in the past couple of days but that’s just a drop in the ocean and we need a lot of rainfall this winter to get those reservoirs topped up again.

I’ve just checked online and seen that my three winning numbers will pay me €4.08 so it’s hardly going to change my life but it does make playing a bit exciting. Maybe one day I will get a big prize.

Yesterday afternoon a friend, Rocha, came to pick me up to view a two bedroomed  apartment close to the ferry port of Cacilhas. Well I already live in Cacilhas and I wasn’t thinking of buying a new apartment but a friend of mine from Ghent in Belgium does want to buy an apartment here so I thought I’d take a look around to see what was on offer. It turned out that the apartment was €120,000 and more than Vincent is willing to pay but it was interesting to see this apartment for sale. After viewing the place we dropped into a place next door,  an old Portuguese grocery store complete with tables, chairs and locals drinking coffee and chatting.  It was very much how I imagined a general store in the wild west, 150 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I’ve never seen anything like it before.