Remembering Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek, Buddhist Temple in Marpha.  As part of their morning prayers, buddhists will hold their chants neatly folded in pieces of cloth.  They take them out and in a syncronized fashion, all repeat the words of these scriptures for hours at a time.  ..Town of Marpha, Nepal, Annapurna Circuit.  Altitude: 2.670 mts. (unknown/Martin Herrera)

Photo: Buddhist scriptures.  Trek day 5.As part of their morning prayers, buddhists will hold their chants neatly folded in pieces of cloth.  They take them out and in a syncronized fashion, all repeat the words of these scriptures for hours at a time. Town of Marpha, Nepal, Annapurna Circuit.  Altitude: 2.670 mts. By: Martin Herrera Soler.

[Oct 15th, 2005] Re-Publication: News from Clara and Martin – Nepal.

 

[This post is part of a series of posts that we created during our sabbatical time-on. They were intended to stay connected with friends and family. I am re-publishing under my blog, in order to consolidate many of the stories that are at the core of my photographic journey. There might be references to images that will not be included, as I am re-publishing using the photography work I created at the time and later processed – and not many of Clara’s shots published then.]

 

Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia. (Martin Herrera Soler)

 

Photo: Wrinkled.  Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia.  By: Martin Herrera Soler.

 

October 19

 

(a couple days delayed because computers in this part of the world get very confused with the characters and messed up my distribution list…)

 

Namaste!!!

 

(How funny it is to come to Nepal and hear everybody saying namaste as a way to greet each other. You get confused thinking they are all your yoga buddies).

 

This is just a short email to say we are well, healthy and happy here in  Nepal. We have just finished our Trek in the Annapurna region and we are back at Pokhara.

 

Thank to our many careful measures with water and food, which included Purell, iodine purified water for drinking and brushing the teeth and no raw salads or fruits, we did not get sick and we can say we enjoyed the food.

 

These guys eat the same thing everyday (dhal bat, rice and a watery lentil soup) and they think we are weird, going crazy after variations everyday.

 

We did reasonably well on the trek, it was 10 days, 8 of them actually walking. We rested for one day and cut the program short 2 cities. We were exhausted and not really keen on getting anywhere. Every single part of our body screamed for a bed. On average we were walking 8 hours a day and while going all the way up was intense, going down killed our knees. Some days had more than 5000 steps. The trek is awesome and we have much to tell you. The small villages, the people, the landscape, everything just blows your mind.  Not always conforting, but invariably enlightening.

 

Tomorrow we have a nice 7 hour bus ride to Kathmandu. If we are lucky, the driver will put the same tape, in which a lady sings incessantly Banmakadachha. Then in a couple of days we’ll go to India.

 

Ok, now we have to go get our clothes in the washing places.

 

We’ll write more soon!

 

With Love, Clara and Martin