In just a few hours I will be on my way to a country which contains eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This country so synonymous to the Himalayan mountains is Nepal of course.
Indeed I will spend the next 2 weeks rediscovering this beautiful country which has enchanted me so much when I first visited there 6 years ago. Here are some pics I took while I was there.
But I will not have much time for tourism as my schedule is very packed. I will be working for various clients such as humanitarian agencies as well as doing some editorial projects. And as those that follow me on Facebook or G+ already know, I will also try to meet up with the children I looked after when I was working in an orphanage close to Katmandu. I still have vivid memories of my time with these children; Chandra, Pandabi, Ganesh, Dharma,… and many more. This was one of these big experiences in life that touches you to the core and leaves a permanent mark on how you view the world. These children unknowingly made me a better person and I will always be grateful for this. I’m really excited to see how they’ve grown up and will keep you posted on this.
For those interested in my photo gear, I will have a Nikon D3S & D700 with 35mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4, 70-200mm f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and a 50mm f1.8 just for the fun of it. A will also have a few strobes and reflectors as well as my majestic Gitzo tripod. And all this packed nicely in Thinktank bags (check my post called “one month in Africa” for further details on my gear).
Also, on a completely different matter, today is the Chinese New Year so I wanted to say to all of you Happy Chinese New Year – Gong xi fat choi !! We are entering the year of the Dragon and therefore it should be a great year for all the Dragons out there.
So next stop in a few hours; Muscat then Katmandu (sorry Naseeb, I will stop in Oman next time). I will keep you posted on how my trip goes so watch this space!