Nepal has a really special place in my heart and I know it does in Clem’s too.
It was my first long distance travel by myself. By ‘by myself‘ I mean without my family. I had been to Europe with friends and I had been further afield with my family. But this was me, Clem and five others off to Nepal. I was nineteen (I turned twenty during the trip) and it was 2009. We set off for seven weeks in Nepal, volunteering. We headed to Northern India after that but that’s a story for another day. I know that we both say that no other travel experience will be the same as this one; it was the first of this kind and therefore unique in every way.
Nepal is an beautifully enchanting country. It is colourful, powerful and home to some of the world’s kindest and most hospitable people, and of course stunning mountains. My heart melts when I see photos of Nepal as the seven weeks I spent there meant so much. So, I can’t believe after almost eight months of blogging neither of us have written a post on Nepal! I began to look through my photos from Nepal… all 1040 of them to decide on a theme for my first post. It sprung out at me quite quickly – Kathmandu from above. I love experimenting with photography from different angles and seeing how this reveals something different. Being able to capture from above allows you to see small details and watch the world go by. It’s a great way of people watching.
So, here we go. These are all photos from our first full day in Nepal. I hope you’re not scared of heights!
We arrived into Kathmandu in the evening so it was already dark. There is always something mysterious about arriving to a new place in the dark; you are not clear what it really looks like and it leaves the excitement of the view that will be waiting for you in the morning. This was it.
The first view from our guest house…The sprawling city; the cloudy monsoon sky and the vast, green mountains looming over the city. Pretty special.
As we wandered into the centre of the city for the first time we were spoilt for views; pagodas, temples, busy streets and houses of contrasting colours and shapes. And the sky had turned a beautiful, bright shade of blue scattered with big, fluffy clouds – my favourite!
Are you ready for a view to remember? It’s certainly one I won’t forget. This is the view from Monkey Temple. It’s given it’s name because of the families of monkeys that live in the grounds of the temple. You see the city in it’s full glory and realise just how big it is. Look at those clouds too! Can you spot the prayer flags in the the foreground? I love how they hang from temples and light up the sky.
Phew, good memories. Have you been to the beautiful city of Kathmandu?