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A Travelers Insight: Why Nepal Feels like Home

A Travelers Insight: Why Nepal Feels like Home

Part of the reason I travel is to learn more about the way people in different cultures live; my life is shaping around ideas I have learned and things I have seen throughout my travels. I also travel in the hopes of finding a place that suites me, a place that I someday may be able to settle down in. Its been eight months since I arrived in Asia and although my quest is far from over I certainly have reached an important mile marker in Kathmandu, Nepal. Traveling throughout South East Asia I was hard pressed to find an…

Colors, Consumerism, Cohabitation

Colors, Consumerism, Cohabitation

With so much in common with Indian culture its no surprise to see such vibrance in Nepal. The colors are everywhere from the women’s saris to neon trekking gear and clothing reminiscent of the hippy hub that it was 40 years ago. Even the turquoise and coral slipped into the mala beads of pious add to the visual appeal. The outcome is uniquely Thamel, the most touristic area of Kathmandu. It can leave a lot to be desired for anyone spending just a few nights in the city but after being here for a month to do some volunteer work I…

Why Nepal’s First Urban DownHill Mountain Bike Race Will Not Be It’s Last

Why Nepal’s First Urban DownHill Mountain Bike Race Will Not Be It’s Last

Each year hundreds of riders flock to the mountains of Nepal to train for downhill mountain biking, but It is not just foreigners that this extreme sport has become popular with, it is rapidly developing a dedicated following in Nepal itself, where the natural landscape provides the perfect conditions for competitive and recreational biking.  In fact only 2 weeks ago  Ajay Pandit of Nepal won the Tour of The Dragon race in Myanmar, and just last weekend Palpa played host to Nepal’s first ever competitive Urban Downhill Race.  The Palpa Urban Downhill Race saw 26 mountain-bikers from 5 countries racing through the…

How to Never Feel Lost in a Foreign Country

How to Never Feel Lost in a Foreign Country

I’ve never had the best sense of direction. Even in the town which I grew up in for 15 years there were times when I wouldn’t recognize street names and I would have to get out my Google Maps app to go three blocks from my house. Thankfully traveling has slightly improved this sense, out of necessity, but I am still no Christopher Columbus. Well maybe that would be a good comparison to draw because that guy landed in North America and thought he was in India. The point is that it doesn’t matter if you know where you are…

Trekking in the Himalayan Wolf’s Territory

Trekking in the Himalayan Wolf’s Territory

The Himalayan wolf is the oldest living wolf/dog species left on the planet. Last month I was fortunate enough to lead a wonderful group of young people on trek through this ancient, and likely soon to be extinct, wolfs hunting grounds in the Spiti Valley. We didn’t exactly spot any wolfs but we camped in clouds at just under 5000 meters, laughed with the locals of Spiti’s highland villages, built a greenhouse so a local monastery can have fresh vegetables in the winter and still found time to practice some yoga.  

Oneness

Oneness

These images  from the Spiti Valley seem to be split down the middle to form two distinct sides, but no matter how different each side is from the other it is still one image. The same idea applies to us as people: no matter how different we may seem we are all but one people. When looking at these images try to understand the oneness of the grass and the glaciers, the footpath and the path to the heavens, the boy and the clouds, the seen and the unseen.    

The Home Stays of Langza

The Home Stays of Langza

Langza – its one of the smaller highland villages of the Spiti Valley, broken up into Upper Langza & Lower Langza and having about 12 and 9 houses respectively. With some help from EcoSphere there is a program in place where a handful of the villagers have developed a program of Home Stays. The reason this has been so important for preserving the culture is that it deters anyone from allowing a guesthouse or hostel to be built while also bringing in additional income to the locals. As a traveler going to Langza there is the option to work with…

Key Monastery

Key Monastery

It has an energy you can feel. The monastery itself is the most photographed thing in all of the Spiti Valley but the monks are another story. Both for good reason. The structure is incredible and the monks keep to themselves, spending hours each day praying and tending to their duties around the monastery. On my last visit I had spent the night, and in the morning I sat on one of the many rooftops looking down at the monks as they rehearsed their scriptures. All of a sudden the eldest man of the group motioned for me to come down….

Faces of Kaza

Faces of Kaza

Kaza is the capital village of Spiti, a tribal region of India that was only open to outsiders, even Indians from other states, in 1992. It is filled with natural beauty, kind hearted people and Tibetan Budhism. All the photos in this series were taken between June and August 2014 in Kaza’s main bazaar. As the village swiftly undergoes new infrastructure developments and unavoidable cultural changes these images create a porthole back to this time and capture a spirit of the locals in this buzzing Himalayan village. The original motivation for this project was to use it as a way to…

Kaza

Kaza

This is Kaza, its been a great place to spend a few months and these are some photos taken while I was moseying around. Of course there are people here as well but thats another story for another post which is not far behind this one.   Cows popping their heads over a wall to say MOO (which is obviously cow talk for ‘hey dood’) is normal   Its the only village in Spiti where migrant workers get shit done with style.   There is a wild glacial river that supports the Green Pea fields   The worlds highest gas…

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