Thankfully, everyone at both Shree Mangal Dvip and the monastery have not been affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Sikkim.
So I've been back in Istanbul for a little over a month now, busy as a bee with oh so many things (as I am sure you've noticed by the long silence on this end). I managed to get into the rhythm of life here a little better, though I miss Nepal. I finally got a cooker and a fridge for my apartment, and I've been cooking dal bhat and burning the Tibetan incense that Lama S.T. and Lama P. gave me, to take me back to summer.
I've even started drawing again.