The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose." -- Walt Whitman, Song of The Open Road
|On most mornings, these children would be just outside their house playing|
or helping in the garden. We'd never fail to greet each other
"Namaste" before going off for the day's adventures.
|Thamel could easily be the busiest most touristy place in the whole of Kathmandu. Despite this, I found this quiet street that has practically none of the bustle. There are pockets of magic everywhere. You just have to learn how to look.|
|Outside Pashupatinath, Nepals' most important Hindu pilgrimage site, stores sell beads and tika powders in rainbow colors.|
|Inside the Pashupatinath complex, open air cremation ghats line the Bagmati River, Nepal's holiest river. The importance of the Bagmati also lies in the fact that Hindus are cremated on its banks.|
|Durbar Square remains the heart of Kathmandu where the city's kings were once crowned.|
|Little girl selling flowers as offerings to the gods in Durbar Square. It was really sweet and cute how she flashed me the peace sign.|
|There's a village up in the mountains near the Tibet border where people would welcome you into their yards to rest for a bit. This woman probably knew I liked animals and invited me to play with her baby goat.|
|Bodhnath is one of Nepal's important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. When visiting this massive stupa, one has to go around it in a counter clockwise manner. In doing otherwise would be considered sacrilegious.|
|Girl riding bicycle in the Central Terai region. India would be a few hours bus ride away.|
|Sauraha, Central Terai region. One can visit small Tharu villages in this area. Their houses, while quite functional, are rather environmentally friendly too -- the walls are made entirely out of elephant dung.|
|The Rapti River in Chitwan can both be a shower play pool for elephants or|
a place where you can do your laundry.