All I remember is my dad’s eyes that mirrored back the same curious apprehension as I-are you ready for this? It’s my second day in Kathmandu, and I was craving the tremors of a deep culture shock, something to help me break free from a life that felt too small for my spirit, with its petty frustrations, short term ambitions, and disconnection to god. I had strangely been introduced to a Canadian Sadhu maybe a month prior online. His dark and grainy photos revealed mysterious rituals during the celebration of Shivaratri ( Shivas birthday), of long haired, deep eyed holy…


It is only 2 days until Holi festival, a celebration I had long been excited to witness, and people are erecting a very tall pole with colourful ribbons attached in preparation. Normally thousands celebrate in the street, joyously throwing powdered rainbow colours in the air with wild abandon, but because of Covid threats we are told the crowd will be more contained this year. By that time we will be in the small village where my dad has been living, an 8 hour journey from Kathmandu. Walking past these ancient temples, I feel like I’m stepping into a virtual myth…


My first impressions of Kathmandu

I drew out a long breath of relief as the plane made its first touch on land. I said my thanks internally to the spirits that kept us safe and the pilot and plane crew after the bumpy night’s journey . I had arrived on the other side of the world. I looked over at my seat companion Tenzin and we both smiled simultaneously at eachother. He would soon be reunited with his family after 10 years living abroad, and the stories he told me on the way about sneaking across the Tibetan border with his father as a child…

Lilly Mason

A singer, songwriter, artist and NGO founder who just spent the last 10 months in Nepal on a life changing journey with her father.

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