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Mountains in the clouds

December 12, 2008

Our plane landed as the sun set over the Himalayas and by the time we disembarked the mountains had disappeared into the nighttime black, so I all I saw were glimpses of rock and snow emerging through the clouds like humpback whales breaking the waves. But soon we'll be in those mountains – can't wait!

It's wedding season in Kathmandu and the evening streets are full of celebratory trains, each headed by blasts from a brass band, followed by dancing women in elaborate silks and sequins. Then comes the car with the couple inside – usually an ancient battered tin with the hapless two squeezed inside and sweating in their finery as the procession drifts along at marching/dancing pace.

Off to ICIMOD next to meet scientists from the eight countries of the Hindu-Kush who are working together (in peace, I suppose) to develop sustainable solutions to the region's climate challenges.

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