This is not symbolic, but a simple fact, that the only time I have been away from home on my birthday, I was in Kathmandu.
On reflection, I was still young and had the widest eyes at that age. Having rarely left UK soil, Kathmandu was a land rich in my imagination and alas, I was at the point of having enough money from the 9 to 5 job to make escape possible - the irony.
We were crossing the expanse of Durbar square ( a central complex of palaces, courtyards and temples including the abode of the Living Goddess, built between the 12th and 18th centuries) the old centre of Nepalese life. It was dusk, and the sun-down light splayed kaleidoscope rays through fine dust particles in the air, making the atmosphere magically appear to glisten. I remember, at that exact moment sensing my boyfriend's hand holding mine, giving it a protective squeeze, because he could see my wonderment spinning like propellors and it was all he could do to hold me from floating-off.
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