Posted 4 years ago
In the summer of 1998, I decided I wanted to see Asia. I was teaching and had the summer months free so I went. I wanted to go alone, and I didn't even want to book tours. I had three Lonely Planet guidebooks- Nepal, Tibet, and Thailand- for the three countries I intended to visit, a backpack, and a couple of changes of clothes. In retrospect, I could've planned better. My only planning aside from antibiotics (in the event of dysentery) was arranging to stay at the Kathmandu Guest House when I arrived in Nepal.
Anyway, I thought you all might like to see some of the more memorable photos from my trip. I took hundreds upon hundreds (film) and came away with some favorites that still remain my favorites today.
The first is a sadhu in Dakshinkali, Nepal.
The second is a group of Khampas in Tibet. I hired a driver to take me overland to Lhasa (and then to Tsurphu), and there was a landslide after Zhangmu but before Nyalam. I had to wait for a driver coming from the other side as my driver couldn't make it across the gaping crevasse that was left after dynamite was used to clear the rocks and debris. I had to make it across, though, if I wanted to continue with my trip, and these kindly gentleman helped me get across without falling to my death.
The third photo is of children on the Tibetan Plateau. You can see that they're impoverished, and they were very hungry as well. I had some crackers and gave the pack to them to share.
The last photo is one of my all time favorites. It was taken near Tingri, I think, and I believe this was one of the times my driver stopped to adjust the carburetor because of the thinning atmosphere. I was feeling quite lightheaded as I was not used to altitude, and this, along with the scene before me, gave me a heady, otherworldly experience. All one could hear were the bells on the approaching rider and foal and the woman's laughter. The scenery was, quite literally, breathtaking!
Thanks for looking at my photographs!