segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2009

playing footsey with the tibetan border

namaste! bonjour, hello, buon guiorno, hallo, ola, and all of that! :)
yesterday i arrived from my little trip to Tibet! haha
Joel and i decided to get on a bus and go to the tibetan border! its a 6 hour journey, but we did acouple of stops, went to dulikhel, and tatopani.
in dulikhel we were in a beautiful spot on a top of a hill. and woke up at 5 am to see the mountains, which allthough were in the mist, were beautiful!
we left to tatopani, supposed to go to the hot springs.. ok, now whats the image you get when you read hot springs? think abit... ok, now ill tell you their idea of it..
go down some steps, and then you have a concrete little house, and its open on one side, divided in two, gents and ladies, and then, shower heads. with people having full on, soap showers! ok!!!!
so we decided to pass that, and make a move on to the next bus roof top! uh, these roads are freakshley scary! we were like, were on our way to tibet!!
we arrived in codari, right next to tibet! we were probably the only foreigners there.. people were not very pleased with our presence. the looked at us in a very unwelcome way and just stared, and Nepalis do love their staring!
by then, the only thing separating us from tibetan land, was a huge river!! ..and a massive gate..and a bridge... and a monster pile of shit, and garbage.. and some guys ready to kick our ass if we try anything suspicious!! haha
they don't allow anyone in Tibet.. there are a bunch of restrictions and it involves a ton of money!! so Joel and i woke up, and walked up to the big gate. people were going in and out with bags and merchandise on their backs.. everything was wet, including us, monsoon has started, so its raining non stop by this time. everything is muddy and very dirty. so basically we just went through these gates without a blink from anyone, and crossed all of these massive trucks and merchandise vans, and right there, behind all of that chaos, where it would occur to no one.. there was the bridge. the bridge linking Nepal to Tibet. the bridge, that without politics and cultural discrimination and immigration issues in the way, we could have just walked through.. step on a land that is equal to all other lands..
instead, i took my camera out to take a picture of the river, beautiful enormous river, and wasn't aloud.
i wasn't aloud to take a picture of natures gift.. its no ones property. yet i couldn't do it. it makes you think..
we walked towards the middle of the bridge.. were on each side of the bridge, stand to soldiers under a multy colourful umbrella. there is a line that divides the two countries.. its a thick red line with a thin white line on each side of it, and it runs across the length of the bridge. although we were pretty intimidated by the cold Chinese looks, we asked if a picture of the line was permitted. more obvious than not, they gestured with a no. we stood on our side of the line.. just staring at this virtual brick wall.. and as we talked, just discretely put our foot over, and round again..! :) ive physically been in Tibet! we did it, walked away, passed the tons of trucks, the little river smelling of fish, went by the mean looking nepalis, and got on a bus to Kathmandu! :)
we smiled to ourselves, that was so worth it!
when i arrived, i heard about the bomb in patan, near Kathmandu. thankfully i had no idea, and am ok! everyone ive been around with, is ok as well!

i have been asked by Katrina corps in new Orleans to come help them!
im still waiting to know further details though..

samy is going to San Fransisco in a couple of weeks with her friend Robby, and then is probably going solo somewhere in the south! im so excited for you samy! :)

i send big tight hugs to my lovely and sweet grand meres! they are amongst the strongest women i know. and i admire them. i hope they know that friendship is one of the most important things in this world. i miss you both. see you soon*

my family of friends has gotten a bee hive! wohoo! bees on the rise
power to the worlds greatest folks, whom i care very deeply for: orlando, leo, rod, lourenco, shani, joana, sammy, raul, sarmento,adry, anita, sara, jonas, aninhas and all of you that i might have not mentioned!(sien too!)
i miss you guys a lot!

smiles to plompi compota!! big big smiles to my friend that i love dearly. always by my side! kiki.. miss toi

sarita e pardalini, who are true sunshines! its a brick friendship! 

a big shout out to my old friends, lho, ivi, pedro and pedro moranguini, you come and go, you mean alot to me and after what we've been through together, i expect many more years of sillyness with your sweet company*

mamush and papush, i coudlnt ask to have any two better people in my life.. i love you, respect you, admire you, miss you, and am forever thankful to you. thank you for being who you are, where you are, when you are.

a warm namaste to the whole world. i love you all. jessy

joel and robb, the funniest people alive! having a laugh with bryan, the man from the sky!
that is the pile of trash i mentioned before.. right behind those trucks, is tibet..wonderful impression
local lady in thamel, picking up the trash in vain.. unlikely to make much of a difference..
this is what i mean..they actually have no dustbins..
joel at the morning rise.. in dulikhel. beautiful isnt it?
kids near the view.. playing football and meaning it as well! money was involved! :) they were so excited
young boy and young catty, in construction.. hard work.. thats what they do all day.. carry bricks, over their heads..!
field working on the way to tatopani

this is quite sweet and LOvely:) local ice lolly stand!

just outside of thamel.. soldeirs do their routine stand outside the big walls.
i suppose ive seen more lively kids.. it depends alot on the areas i go to..

now.. a cup of tea for ferrucio..
the lovely man that i remember. the man who had lengthy conversations with plants and bugs.

see you soon*

4 comentários:

  1. I am happy every hour of the day, Every hour that I stay
    I am happy every hour of each day, Every hour I remain
    In the morning I'll close my eyes and
    I am HAPPY ! :)

    big smile- huge hug and tight - love you tons !
    kikz and toi - borve!

  2. hehe... jessy step on in tibet against borders...
    I'm glad that you have good people around you (giant hugs to all of them)...
    loock's like that you are very different, and very conscious... xD
    keep on rolling...
    ps: bon voyage samy...San Fransisco... woohoo x)
    keep on loving you a lot... more and more...
    earthug... Atxu ki... xP

  3. We feel your presence so very close to our heart!
    Today I went to fetch water from the fountain and tought of you....Oh minha pode estar gozando comigo!!!!!
    but filling my transparent bottles of cold, transparent and clear water I thought of Nepal, where this simple act is not possible!!!!!
    I read and live!!
    I think and feel!!
    I love every coma of your written days!!
    A BLOG!!!!
    What a wonderful vessel!!