I was part of a large group of American and Canadian Buddhists and we made the pilgrimage to Lumbini. I really love the people of Nepal. I found it amusing that I was as exotic to them as they were to me. I was rather amazed at the extent of Western culture in Kathmandu. Many people spoke English and they were very curious about California. In the villages it was more like I expected. Bright eyed curious children hiding behind mother’s skirts and great hospitality.