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Nepal memories part 2

March 10th, 2015 by Addy · nepal, reportage

Photography by Julia Dreier/ Text Adeline Mallmann

I already mentioned that it would not be easy to win the children’s heart in a breath. A foreign women, who does not even speak their language first had to prove herself. But slowly the faith in me started to develop. I taught them english in a playful way for instance by using the pothitting game, ping pong or theater play. For every lost point in ping pong they had to spell a word. I don’t know whether this was effective though, as they played ping pong really well. Their English was still in an early state of development. But how the author Paulo Coelho once said the simple desire to share something leads into the world without language, where everything is clear and there is not a tiny risk to misunderstand each other.

With the owner of the hostel I got along very well. One evening he told me that he was a former monk and when the Hippies came to Kathmandu he joined them. They drove with a bus through plenty of Asian countries to Munich, where he did everything which was not possible for him as a monk. I loved to listen to his adventures and found it a shame to not have lived within the Hippie time.

I want to tell you about another oasis of tranquility, which attracted me after work: The buddhist stupa in Bodnath, Kathmadu, which was 5 minutes from my hostel. It was as well located behind a big iron door. Many people were walking around the stupa, praying or meditating. (Info: The stupa in Bodnath is one of the most important sanctums in Nepal. The backgrounds and datas of it’s history are disputed. One suspects, that at the location of the stupa, there was a trade way to Tibet. Probably the travelers used the stupa for a last pray, to be protected on their way. The stupa in its current form is not the original but was built in the 14th century. The original form was destroyed by muslims.)  The stupa was surrounded by coffee bars and souvenir shops. When I sat on the roof terrace oft the saturday cafe I felt liked I looked directly into Buddhas eyes.

 

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Nepal memories part 1

January 18th, 2015 by Addy · nepal, reportage

I was sitting on the plane. I had successfully managed my stop in New Delhi and was heading directly towards Nepal. During the flight I was reading my travel guide, which I actually was trying to avoid, since I wanted to get utterly surprised by the country and the people. That may sound risky but in the past I had always handled it like that. Nonetheless, I was reading it this time. It seemed to give a feeling of safety to me. Once the plane started landing, I saw plenty of colorful houses. They lacked roofs and walls but particularly their imperfection makes them beautiful. Leaving the airport building I got welcomed by monkeys and plenty of taxi drivers. At least for the taxi drivers the traveling guide prepared me. With a heavy heart I ignored them and look for the sign with my name. A member of the organization for which I was going to work welcomed me. We drove in silence but it was a silence fulfilled with curiosity that I felt while I was looking out of the window. The air smelled of  heavy car emissions but also like life. At the chaotic main street the driver droped me out. I looked around: Monkeys were climbing around, the horns were blowing permanently (mostly without a reason) and people discussed in front of their tiny stores. The life on the main street was vibrating! I was standing in front of a big iron door, probably the entry for the guesthouse. After opening the heavy door I was amazed. The lawn was perfectly arranged and it smelled wonderfully of Nepali food. I directly headed to the bathroom since I had an appointment to get to know the village, in which I was going to work. I walked down the main street and again ended up standing in front of an iron door, the entry to the village. The children gave me a warm welcome. I guess this was due to their first curiosity as their confidence, which I would notice a few days later, I first had to gain. But for the moment I just enjoyed their sympathy. I came back to my guesthouse in the evening. After a delicious dinner I directly headed to bed but I couldn’t sleep. This might has been due to the flooding of impressions but also due to the barking street dogs who, during the night, replace the blowing horns. I went down to the bookshelf. I found plenty of traveling guides, some political books or children’s books. I went for a vampire novel (not twilight), which calmed me down and led me into a wonderful deep sleep.


Photography by Julia Dreier

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mountains? colours? healthy food? heart-thinking people? tea? culture? welcome to nepal.

May 20th, 2013 by Julia · nepal, photography

for more informations  (recommendable)

to stay at: freshnepal
to trek with: trekkingtournepal

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13/2013 image of the week: enjoying food

March 29th, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, nepal, photography, reportage

“The best education for a clever person is found in travel.” J.W. von Goethe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this pic was taken in the langtangtrek, himalaya, nepal.
nepali kids enjoying their rice with chili next to the monastery after a ceremony.

nikon d60, 50mm, f/4,5, 1/800 © julia dreier

 

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12/2013 image of the week: namaste nepal.

March 22nd, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, nepal, photography, reportage

“It’s life that matters, nothing but life-the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” Dostoyevsky

this pic was taken in the langtangtrek, himalaya, nepal.
nikon d60, 50mm, f/3.2, 1/800 © julia dreier

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