Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas in Kathmandu

Happy Boxing Day, all.

Though we missed our family and friends, we had a lovely Christmas weekend in Kathmandu, which offered a surprising amount of Christmas cheer, beginning with a Christmas cake at Bhat Bhateni. What's in a Christmas cake, you wonder? We didn't know either, and the red cellophane wrapper did not give much away. So Brian asked a bakery employee, and the man responded, "Oh, sir, so many things." Sold.

Christmas Eve began for me with a 90-minute Zumba class. There were no Christmas carols in the mix, but we did do a rousing number to Rihanna's hit S&M (when in Nepal...?). Afterward Brian and I went out to lunch at Mike's Breakfast, where he had real pumpkin pie.

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In the afternoon we did a yoga session and then got started making our Christmas Eve menu: baba ghanoush soup, garlic hummus, curried cauliflower, and "smashed peas." Tandoor roti from our favorite local Nepali food joint rounded out the meal.

For dessert we had mulled wine, which we simmered with honey, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, and an orange studded with cloves.

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And don't forget the Christmas cake.

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Which was reminiscent of Stollen and was actually pretty forgettable.

On Christmas morning we woke early to go to a buffet breakfast at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. We were joined by our friend Brian and my high school friend (hi Andrea!) who is in Nepal for work. Regrettably, we did not take any photos of the impressive breakfast spread. We were too busy talking and eating.

We did, though, take a snap of the Hyatt's Christmas decorations.

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And we admired the holiday treats on offer: a gingerbread house, mince pie, plum cake, and chocolate yule log.


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After our leisurely breakfast we lounged by the pool under the strong winter sun.

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Yes, I do believe I could get used to this.


When we returned to our apartment, we discovered Christmas gifts sitting on our table from our house helper and her brother. Hearts warmed!

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So now we have a Christmas Ganesh. Christmas in Nepal is truly complete.

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