Kathmandu has been celebrating the festival of the Hindu God of fortune Laxmi for the last 2 days. The streets and shops are heavily decorated with flags, flowers and lights and sand or grain images of Luxmi are on display everywhere. Truck loads of youths and motorcyclists gridlocked the streets today and we had to carry our bags for about half a kilometre out of town to catch our bus to the airport. While we were at the airport hundreds of UN soldiers arrived by plane to oversee national elections on 19 November. We will be watching with interest from Australia to see if Nepal is finally able to arrive at stable government after many years without any decisive government.