When travelling to a new country, having the right attitude and an open mind are two things that play into the overall experience of the place and often determine whether you leave with a positive or negative impression. I find that this is especially true in Morocco and important if you want to enjoy the country to its fullest.
When talking about professional photographers, the image of a man wearing an unbecoming pocket-filled vest, carrying two or more huge cameras, a tripod and several telephoto lenses is often what springs to mind for many people. When they see someone approaching with a tiny camera and a couple of fixed lenses they are often puzzled…
When travelling to other countries, it’s important to respect the culture that you are visiting and in order to do so, you need to know a little bit about the local customs. So on that note, here are a few things that I think are useful to know about Nepal.
In a society where arranged marriages are commonplace, men hold hands, the show of affection (between people of opposite sex) in public is frowned upon and transvestites are not in plain sight (at least not to the extent that they are in places like Thailand), it’s hard to asses, as a tourist, where Nepal stands with regards to LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) rights.
The great thing about street photography is that it is inexhaustible in terms of experiences, learning and creativity. Here are some thoughts and a couple of tricks for street photography that I have been using to this very day.
Often times avoiding getting sick is about taking the right precautions. So, on that note, here are 5 things could make all the difference when travelling to Nepal.
When speaking of his interest in the rural countryside John Sandford says: “Things happen out there that are very strange to city dwellers”. Now I’m not entirely sure that it’s because I’m a city girl, but strange things did indeed happen to me whilst living in rural Nepal.
“I came to the conclusion that I wanted to portray Barcelona through its people…and on the 10th of October 2010, ‘Humans of Barcelona’ was born”.
That the 2015 earthquake in Nepal was devastating is known by all, but, what many people don’t know is that of the almost 9000 people killed, more than half of them died in Sindhupalchowk. 96.8% of the houses were destroyed (64565 houses in total!) and the rescue of survivors was made near impossible due to the obliteration of roads such as the Araniko highway.
Aside from what you would normally pack for any trip, these are 5 additional things that I would recommend including in your suitcase if you are travelling to Nepal.
or How a wrong turn led to meeting the minister of tourism, culture and aviation of Nepal.
Survival buffs say that if you are in the mountains and it starts to rain, the best thing to do is not to get frustrated because no matter how much energy you put into trying to stay dry, in the end the rain always wins; you’ll just be more tired and angry as well as being wet.
The Tandoori and Naan house sits along Amrit marg, a less touristic street that’s parallel to Thamel. This tiny restaurant, wedged between a travel agency and a private home with a bright blue door, would go completely unnoticed if it weren’t for the constant queue of people outside.
A little info on weather, when to go to Nepal, tourist visas, taxi fares, useful numbers…and our personal favourite restaurant in Kathmandu