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On the road in Nepal – Road trip to Chitwan

I always believed that if you really want to experience a new country, you must do a road trip. So, during my recent trip to Nepal, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to hit the road.

Oblivious to the traffic and against the best advice of my friend Sachin, I decided to find somebody to drive me from Kathmandu to Chitwan (some 150 km). In my mind, this distance wasn’t supposed to keep us on the road for more than maximum 4 hours. I was proven wrong. The horrible traffic and road conditions stretched the time needed to more than 6 hours.

As I managed to get over the shock of getting out of Kathmandu, mainly cause by the desire of getting to my destination alive seeing all the trucks and busses speeding through the sharp turns and madly overtaking one another, I pointed my camera out the window at the side of the road in an attempt to capture something more.

This is a small selection of images taken from the car on the way to Chitwan.


Quick photo tour of Souq Waqif

The watchmaker

The perfume seller

The craftsman of music

The craftsmen of local fashion

The artist of the sand bottle


Fifth day in Nepal

Wearing different clothes and preaching different words doesn’t change the money-making, manipulative, evil and mischievous institution that every organized religion is!

A holy men day!

- Another day at work dude - Yes dude, I think we need a holiday !

– Another day at work dude
- Yes dude, I think we need a holiday !

- Hey dude, I think my makeup is running ! - Told you not to buy the cheap stuff, but don't worry , you still look like a holy man to me. - I love you dude!

– Hey dude, I think my makeup is running !
- Told you not to buy the cheap stuff, but don’t worry , you still look like a holy man to me.
- I love you dude!

- Hello crazy tourists ! Look at us, we look funny and wear lots of makeup

– Hello crazy tourists ! Look at us, we look funny and wear lots of makeup

- Look at my beard , I can split it in two, one half going one side and the other half going the other side ! Don't I look funny?!

– Look at my beard , I can split it in two, one half going one side and the other half going the other side ! Don’t I look funny?!

- Hey tall lady behind me , photo cost money, 1000 rupee for new tourist and for experienced tourist , no photo cose he don't pay !

– Hey tall lady behind me , photo cost money, 1000 rupee for new tourist and for experienced tourist , no photo cose he don’t pay !

- I am tired dude - We work too hard dude. We need to ask for medical. The camera flash is killing me dude!

– I am tired dude
- We work too hard dude. We need to ask for medical. The camera flash is killing me dude!

- How much did we make dude? - Enough to go get me those holy man Timberland boots to go with my holy man Timerland jacket.

– How much did we make dude?
- Enough to go get me those holy man Timberland boots to go with my holy man Timerland jacket.

- Hey dude, I am going to buy me some golden socks to go with my golden clothes and new waterproof makeup.  - I'm off too, I had enough for today. We work too hard dude, we need a holiday. - See you tomorrow dude. Don't be late !

– Hey dude, I am going to buy me some golden socks to go with my golden clothes and new waterproof makeup.
- I’m off too, I had enough for today. We work too hard dude, we need a holiday.
- See you tomorrow dude. Don’t be late !


Fourth day in Nepal

Bhaktapur, meaning the city of devotees, was founded by King Ananda Dev in 1197 AD.

The Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to the 18th century AD.


Third day in Nepal

Made my third day about people, to go in tune with my morning meeting with the Nepali blind women cricket team (yes, the team exists and they are some kick ass cricketers).

I occupied a small corner of a ledge by bullying a local away with my cigarette smoke, and sat there for a while just people watching. Children running around, women listening to a live band chanting some song (that I can only guess had something to do with spirituality as I kept asking what was going on and the only answer I got was “it is festival, festival…you know, festival”), and men discussing politics and the news of the day and giving me some competition at trying to catch in my sight as many passers by as I could.

The two children in the photo were amazing. I played with them for twenty minutes or so and took few photos until the mother, probably guided by her instincts and after realizing I enjoy her kids company a bit too much, called them away with a grave tone. (I was just probably feeling a bit lonely in the middle of the buzzing crowd).

And then more people watching till the darkness of the night slowly descended upon the beautiful Patan Durbar Square.


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