Dec 28, 2004
sights seen.....im not sure if its hindu or buddhist (they seem to be deeply intertwined here) but the symbol of the swatstika has been used here forever for good luck and to symbolize purity and long life. as a jew i find this a bit disconcerting but when i talk to the people about it, they find it amazing that it can mean something bad. i dont try to explain what it stands for in the west, that would be a long and difficult conversation.
do you ever stop and ask yourself, "how did i get to this point in my life?" i woke up this morning at 3am to go to this place called tiger hill to watch the sunrise with the people im currently traveling with. as the sky lightens and your surroundings are revealed, the massive outline of a mountain appears and then clarifies. at the moment i dont have the name in front of me but its about 15 letters long so dont ask me to think of it. all i know is that its the 3rd highest mountain in the world and im watching the sun crest off to the right of it. as the day lightens more peaks are revealed and a little one off to the left looks unassuming enough but alas this one is everest. thats right....i watched the sunrise over the highest mountain in the world and the 3rd highest mountain in the world. i can try and describe it but of course it wont do it justice. ill send pics when i get to kathmandu but im not sure if even those will express the scene before me this morning. absolutely beautiful sunrise as my ipod blared my own personal soundtrack. how did i ever get here?