Sunday, May 27, 2012

The new Nepal, same as the old Nepal

It's May 28, 2012, and I'm flying today to Delhi, and then on to London, where I'll pick up my van in a couple days and take a road trip. Oh - and my friend Jen is joining me!!

I haven't finished the stories here, but I will in the coming days. For now, enjoy what's here!


Someone about my age, carrying a hefty load of food for the cows or buffaloes.

Kids in school. I'm amazed how precise these rows are.

Bundles of firewood, tied with vines.

Jen and I walked to this village of Ramkot, which has these distinctive round houses.

Terraces on steep hillsides, as far as the eye can see.

Such a sweet little thing!

We came across these women making rakshi - known "moonshine" in America, or "country alcohol" in the India newspapers. They crack the corn and partially grind it here, then cook it over a fire. Mysterious goings-on results in something kind of like wine.

These women were friendly and couldn't believe that Jen and I aren't married and don't have kids. She said, "You not married [points to Jen], you not married [points to me]. You get married [points to both of us]." Just to clarify - Jen and I are not getting married. Or getting jiggy. Or anything like that.

This kid looks like he comes from a very poor household. He's wearing a school uniform, but it's really filthy.

Instead of walking back the way we'd come, we decided to follow our nose and go in a big loop. We walked through villages on the way.

Why, yes, I do love this girl, thanks for asking.

We sat on the village rock platform and played with the kids, while some adults looked on.

I'm pretty sure this kid is adorable too. Imagine that.

Terrifying the locals and tourists alike, this kid makes his most fearsome face. Look at your own risk!

This kid doesn't wear the hat cuz he's trying to be cool. He's wearing it because he IS cool. (Credit for that notion goes to Malcolm Gladwell...)

(The End)


gailorg said...

Stunning photos Dave, as always.  Many thanks for sharing. Gail xxx

Cmorth 90 said...

Always a delight to receive your news and photos. Keep them coming.

jim said...

Hi Dave. As always, I enjoy your news, and today there were more pictures of you with some of the people you meet. That I especially love. Continue on your path of Love and know that I'm grateful that that's where you are.

Jim Alford

Kathy said...

Ditto.  Photos beautiful, nice to see you in some, love the children  Kathy

Dave Adair said...

Thank you, lovely people, for your nice comments!

Dgerson said...

Nice pics...David Gerson

Dave Adair said...

Thanks David! Nice to see you around here!

Laurenvanham said...

I am so happy to see YOU in some of these shots -- the one of you offering flowers to the older woman is simply priceless.  I love it!  xoxo

Dave Adair said...

The woman was offering flowers to me! She might have had her eye on me - which was easier to understand since she was a bit kooky! Look at the photo I attached. (I don't know how it will show up, since I haven't tried attaching pics to a comment yet.) Thanks for your comments!

Roslyn Spruit said...

Stunning photos! Lucky me that I can live vicariously through them. Thank you Dave

Dave Adair said...

Roslyn! Nice to see you here. Thanks, and I hope you're both doing great.