October 5th, 2010
I’ve just bought a nice bracelet and a necklace from a Tibetan refugee in Pokhara, Nepal. There are camps/villages for Tibetan refugees near Pokhara, that I’m going to visit tomorrow. After the repression from China during the 1959 rebellion, many Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, their religious leader, had to leave their country. They are now dispersed around the world, but many leave in Nepal, others in Dharamsala, in the North of India (where Dalai Lama also lives).
I didn’t need more bracelets and they weren’t cheap, compared to the Nepalese prices, but it’s a nice way to help them. At Accessorize a similar bracelet would be expensive anyway, and these I know they are handmade with patience and care; and I know I helped someone get some food (it’s a nice feeling).
If only I had more money, I would have bought presents for everyone (= I accept donations).
Maybe once I’ll be rich I’ll come back and buy them all.
Next Stop: the Laughing Buddha.