Archive for the 'Tibet' Category

Nepal Through a Plastic Lens

I have put together a couple of my lomo shots of Nepal and Tibet on my Flickr.

Go check out the whole set…

7 Days: A Return

Wow, I am still so far behind.† Been real busy and have about 200 unsorted photos from the last month or so on my camera.† This weekend I intend to finally do some bulk uploading and cover the whole of June in one blast but, for now,† here†are the dying days of May and our return to Hong Kong.

Tunnel
I Has a Bucket
Love in a Mist
Reflections/Hope
Hooked on DS
Brightening up our Home
I Can Has Carot?

7 Days: The Best Ever, Ever, Ever!

Definitely the coolest 7 days of my life:

Everest
Tashilunpo Trainee
Pango Kumbum
Altitude
Jokhang
The Potala
Leaving Tibet

Yes!

Joe

Day 4: Boudhanath Eyes

After a day of temple trekking it was time for a nice meal and our first Nepali drinking session.† We ate at a cosy restaurant called Helena’s in central Thamel (as found in the Lonely Planet) and hit a few bars around the area for drinks.† We saw some great live music at Tounges and Tales (not far from Helenas) and enjoyed some questionable cocktails down at Full Moon bar.† Both bars are nice Thamel style hangouts where you can kick off your shoes, find a nice corner on the floor and chat to whoever you like without feeling like a weird drunkard.† Unfotunately the cosy atmosphere got the better of us and it wasn’t until gone 3am that we decided we should get some sleep.† Consequently, we woke up a little later than planned and feeling a little worse than we had hoped, and after a morning of self pity we decided to head to the Buddhist area of Kathmandu with the intention of eventually visiting the Boudhanath.

Located at the heart of the Buddhist district, the Boudhanath is one of the holiest buddhist temples in Kathmandu and houses the highest stupa in the city/the world.† The golden stupas’ giant eyes watch down as pilgrims work their clockwise route around the base.† The pace of life here is slower than the rest of Kathmandu’s bustling lanes and hectic streets and comes as a welcome break from Thamel.† We spent the afternoon browsing the shops, drinking tea and taking some photographs.
Boudhanath Eyes
Fields of Flame
Prayer Wheel

The smell of smouldering yak butter in the air was making us hungry so we set off back to Thamel as the sun set on a day which could have held so much more.

Day 3: Monkeys and Burning Bodies.

After our plans for yesterday afternoon were dashed by the hail we woke up to a stunning Nepalese morning. Having planned to visit the Swayambunath stupa the previous day before the storm, we thought it best to start off there and have a day of visiting Kathmandu’s famous temples.

In addition to being one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist temples in Nepal the Swayambunath is inhabited by large numbers of Rhesus Macaques, and is otherwise known simply as the Monkey temple.

Swayambunath Steps
Face
No Photos
Balance
Study

Afterwards we headed off to the other side of town and the Pashupatinath. The Pashupatinath is the oldest and holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and along the banks of the river bodies are cremated day throughout the day. Children laugh and play cricket, or hassle the cows, and the adults busily go about preperations as the shrouded, deflated corpses lay in the open waiting for their moment. A surreal atmosphere.
Mortality
Cremation
Prepared

My love affair with Nepal deeped later in the day as we went out for a delicious (if basic) Nepalese meal and decided to check out the party scene in the Thamel.

It’s good.

A Triumphant Return

Well, despite the lack of fanfare, welcoming committee and parade I am back, and fairly happy to be so.  As soon as I finish indulging myself in the the joys of showering, sleeping on a matress and eating something other than lentils, I may get around to a wee bit of photo-blogging.  There are thousands which need sorting through so I will probably just work through the trip day by day with a wee account of what went on and perhaps some useful contact details if you ever find yourself in Nepal or Tibet any time soon.

Right now, though, I am going to eat a steak (Cow, not Yak).

Stay Tuned.

Joe

P.S. IT WAS AMAZING!

Leaving to Nepal

Namaste!†

Well the VISAs are signed and stamped and we fly out tomorrow morning at 8am HKT.

Will try to update this blog and my Flickr as often as possible, but it is likely there will be large chunks where I don’t have internet access (heaven forbid) and risk remaining forever unblogged.

Will be back between the 24th – 28th May†train schedules pending.

Until then.