History & Traditions, Traditional Art

First Trip to Nepal

Fellow blogger Pooja from Stories from Europe grew up in Nepal, so we’ve joined forces to write about a city located close to Kathmandu, called Bhaktapur. The individual accounts are about the same city, Bhaktapur, but written from a perspective of 34 years apart.

What things had changed?

What comparisons can we draw? Let’s find out.


It is March in the year 1986.

It’s been two months since the doomed Space Shuttle Mission exploded and before another month is over, the reactor in Chernobyl, Russia will fail triggering a catastrophic nuclear accident that will change the world.

Meanwhile, in Australia, I am young, newly married and embarking on my first overseas trip. I am optimistic and filled with a mixture of excitement and nervous energy about my upcoming visit to Nepal. It would be my first time travelling overseas.

The First Overseas Trip

Why choose Nepal for my first overseas trip when every second Australian, at that time, was going to London or Bali?

24-year-old me was eager to experience a culture entirely different from the semi-pasteurized life I had in Australia, yet I still had many reservations about what ‘Overseas’ would be like.

My Arrival in Nepal – Kathmandu

When I arrived in Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom, the wave of initial shock I felt at seeing the level of underdevelopment that existed in the Third-world, quickly gave way to a respect and appreciation for the Nepalese country, its eye-popping scenery, history and peace-loving people.

In 1986, I wrote in my travel diary, “the poverty of many Nepalese citizens contrasts sharply with a grand, ancient architecture, which is set against the backdrop of the staggering beauty of the Himalayas, mountains that could easily be mistaken for clouds.”

The contrast of our well appointed accommodation, the Yak ‘n Yeti Hotel, a former Palace in itself, with the scene a few steps away on the main street of the capital was stark.


In 1986, there was very few modern conveniences, (there was great bemusement and amazement when someone brought a small vacuum cleaner into the hotel lobby). The swimming pool was cleaned with a mop that consisted of a rag wrapped around the end of a wooden broom.

Thus, it was a day or so before ‘Westernized’ me could relax and enjoy the Nepalese culture, without feeling a sense of inequity on behalf of the people, and guilt for living my life in what would Nepalis would consider to be an extravagant and materialistic Western lifestyle, in comparison. (Even though my lifestyle was merely average by Australian standards.)

One street vendor summed it up.

“Where are you from? he asked, polishing the prayer wheel we were about to buy.

“Australia? Then you are rich!” he put forward.

I shook my head.

“No, not rich, definitely not rich,” I maintained.

“No?” he said, raising his eyebrow quizzically.

“How long did it take you to save the money to come here, then?’ he asked, “Six months, a year?”

I said, “Almost two years,” but he had made his point well. I was rich in comparison.

Bhaktapur – 1986

After a day or so in Kathmandu, my new husband and I were eager to explore further by driving around 10 kilometres east, passing through largely agricultural farms and the turnoff to China before arriving at Bhaktapur.

In 1986, 80% of the population of Bhaktapur were farming and the city was not yet on the main tourist trail. That was a shame as it was the original epicentre of Nepalese government from the 12th century until Kathmandu became the capital city under the Rana Kings.

The name Bhaktapur, means, “city of devotees,” my yellowing travel notes tell me, and if you enjoy traditional art, architecture and lifestyle, Bhaktapur gives you this in bucketloads. To visit Bhaktapur in 1986, it felt like a time warp back to the 14th centuries, Nepal’s Golden Age, when the Dynasty of Malla Kings ruled the region.

As well as seeing traditional Newari homes, Bhaktapur’s main square, ‘Durbar Square’, is filled with UNESCO heritage-listed Palaces and Pagoda-styled temples, adorned with highly crafted, intricate woodcarvings and statues that I felt were a privilege to see, given that Nepal was, for many years, closed to the outside world.

It isn’t widely known that the tiered Pagoda-style architecture, typically associated with the Orient, was first developed in Nepal, by a Nepalese architect who exported the concept very successfully to Asia.

Durbar Square

Our Guide, Madhav, explained the history behind the architectural legacy left from the Malla Dynasty and their lengthy rule which preceded the more inward-looking Rana Kings, who closed off Nepal to foreigners.

Walking across Durbar Square we saw the masterpiece that is the Golden Gate, which comprises the main entrance to the old Royal Palace. Said to be, ‘the most richly moulded specimen of its kind in the world,’ the Golden Gate is intricately embellished with Garuda, the mythical griffin, Goddesses and other Hindu creatures. The gate leads to an inner courtyard containing a Royal Pool, or Water tank where a Hindu goddess, was believed to have her daily bath.

The Royal Palace itself, a structure adorned with fifty-five carved wooden windows, was built during the reign of the Malla King Bhupendra Malla, and finally completed in 1754.

Despite the Royal Palace remaining closed to the public as a result of the damage it sustained, during the 1934 earthquake, we feel now quite lucky to see it when we did, as the damage to these heritage structures from the 1934 earthquake had been repaired and the devastating 1990 earthquake was yet to happen. This is the palace as it appeared in 2013, (not my photo).

Photo Credit: Sadmadd

The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla stands atop a pillar overlooking the square. The King is depicted in an act of worship and can be seen facing the Palace and away from the main square, as a mark of respect. Such a contrast to other statues in the West.

Bhaktapur’s Taumadhi Square

A few more steps away, Taumadhi square features a five-tiered pagoda built in the 1700s, with stepped plinths, said to have taken three generations to construct. The animal statues on the steps, guard both the temple and the resident Goddess. My photo is old and cloudy, but I am there standing on the right side at the top of the steps, talking to some young girls.

The girls in the photo gathered around me, holding my hands tightly and pleading, “one rupee.” Their fingers were so cold, and I worried that one little girl might actually be ill. One rupee is a pitiful amount of money and my heart went out to them, but our guide had warned us away from giving any of the children money. “If you give them money, it encourages begging,” he said. I did not want to offend.

From here we strolled along the quieter back alleys, where several Newari ladies dressed in traditional Sari, sat on mats on the ground, selling their crafts.

They sold silver filigree jewellery and trinkets, some inlaid with semi-precious stones as well as carved wooden boxes. There didn’t seem to be a lot of customers about that day. I purchased a small carved box and was given another small silver box in place of change, as the seller had no coins or notes to give me any change for the transaction. A kindly gesture and one that I hope did not leave her out of pocket.

traditional craft

Buddhist Art -Thangkas

We were privileged to witness the Buddhist monks painting scrolls in the traditional Buddhist art form, known as Thangkas. The monks paint versions with authentic gold leaf highlights, or a lesser alternative using gold paint, which was reflected in the price of each alternative.

I selected the following Thangka, brought it home from our trip, had it framed and it has been such a delight to me. All my family love it and I still have on the wall in my new home, 34 years later. It is a timeless piece that still fascinates me. There is always something new to see in the painting, even after 34 years.

nepalese traditional art

Some of the figures depicted in the painting might, on closer inspection, be considered pornographic to an unknowing Western eye. We are grateful that our guide explained the true purpose of this traditional depiction. The erotic positions of the figures were intended to excite men and the male spirit, in the hopes of increasing their fertility, something vital to the population, where children are seen as a way of securing your financial future.

Perhaps it worked, as I never had problems conceiving children?

My view from the coffee lounge

Our final stop in Bhaktapur, was a surprise invitation from our guide to drink coffee with him in a small Lounge, located atop one of the tiered Pagoda-like buildings, overlooking Taumadhi Square.

It was a unique experience to sit and contemplate the history of the centuries-old square where Kings had walked, where battles were fought, where ancient monuments were crafted and stone sculptures stood on guard, as a timeless testament to a creative and artistically rich culture.

Our Guide told us he met a girlfriend who lived in our home town and also how it was common for many Tour Guides to marry foreign tourists and live overseas. He insisted that he would prefer to stay in Nepal and hoped his girl would move over there. He asked us to go visit her when we went back home. I imagine he would have been disappointed to hear that she had no plans to return to Nepal.

Visiting Bhaktapur was a unique and highly satisfying experience I shall never forget and I thank Pooja from the blog: Stories from Europe for the opportunity to share these beautiful memories of my first overseas travel experience with you.

Bhaktapur – 2020

What things had changed since 1986?

To find out what has changed in Bhaktapur over the intervening years, visit Pooja’s blog post, and find out what life in present-day Bhaktapur is like.

What was your first Overseas travel experience like?

Where did you go? Was it to someone familiar or completely different?

I would be happy if you link back to #firsttripoverseas in the comments below.


84 thoughts on “First Trip to Nepal”

  1. A very lovely & descriptive piece. I’ve never been to Nepal but you certainly gave me the feeling of being there with your writing.
    The advice you received from the guide was very similar to what you would be told if you visit India. They advise against giving money to beggars but for different reasons. In India, if you take out any cash you will probably be met with a flock of people overpowering & tackling you. The poverty you see in these place are sad and i’m sure it must have been difficult to go against your gut feelings to give something to them, especially if what they asked was such a minuscule amount. Best thing i feel is to purchase some food and donate it.
    I’d like to visit Nepal someday. I guess i’m kinda like you when it comes to travel – i prefer the less-traveled, off the grid, culture shocking places.


    1. Thank you Mayet – that’s very kind of you to say so and I’m so glad you liked reading about Nepal. I can see you understand how conflicted I was in a situation with the little girl. It sounds like you are familiar with this, in your travels to India. Your suggestion of giving them food is a good one and I have often thought about things like giving them writing materials pencils, pens, Nepali – English dictionaries things like that may be hard for them to obtain, or helpful to them and discourage a life of begging. Food each day would have to be a priority, though. This trip inspired me to make connections with an organisation who did grass roots charitable work in Nepal so my relationship with the country blossomed into something helpful for the rural communities. So far I have not been back to Nepal but maybe one day I will revisit this beautiful country and it’s beautiful people. How long has it been since you have travelled to India?


      1. It makes me really happy to hear that you left your imprint on the place by still contributing to uplifting its people, long after returning to your homeland. Its been about 5 years since my visit to India. Visiting places where there is a lot of poverty & hardship makes you appreciate all the things we sometimes take for granted. Keep empowering & stay blessed.

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          1. Yes i would like to visit India within the coming year. Then again, it depends on how the lockdown situation. if travel bans are lifted & my ability to save up enough cash. Income is so uncertain these days so finders crossed. I will either visit India, Philippines or Vietnam insha’allah (god willing)

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            1. Income restrictions and constraints will most likely be with us for some time to come, so we have to be much more frugal, and in some ways, this is a good thing as it promotes the war on wastefulness. If we can save more and get by, we might still be able to travel – and if not, there is always virtual travel. Do you like to travel to Asia, Mayet, or is this region close by, for you?

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            2. I’m from South Africa and Asia is quite far away (my trip to China was a 16 hour flight!), but there are a couple of reason why i enjoy travelling to Asian countries. For one, the South African Rand is really weak and its just not feasible for me to hit other locations. Thailand flights were pretty decent & accommodation was cheaper than my home country, India’s lodging is pricey but travel & food doesn’t cost much. Besides, i had some awesome experiences in Asia with the people being super helpful & sweet -I met some really awesome people on my travels. There are so many places across the world that i would like to visit but with me being a middle-class, working, family man its just impossible. Travel is a leisurely thing but taking care of my family’s needs comes first. You know now that I am a married man, I simply can’t look at trips in the same way that I would when I was a backpacking bachelor. Don’t know if you get me?

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            3. Family and its various obligations always come first. Plus it is more expensive to travel as a family and find family friendly accommodation that suits everyone’s likes. Certain Asian countries are more affordable in that respect.

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            4. You’re on point with your comment though. This lockdown can teach us so many lessons & we can learn a lot about ourselves. Maybe we don’t need as much as we think we do. I always felt that money spent exploring the world is never a waste. Its a learning experience like no other & the memories you get to carry with you forever.

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            5. I would have to say Thailand. The natural beauty was out of this world, great cultural experience and the range of activities available was overwhelming. Furthermore, the humility & respect of the Thai people was admirable. What countries would you suggest I visit?


  2. A great time to have visited. The world is becoming smaller as the decades go by and travel becomes easier and more affordable. As a consequence it is difficult to find cultures that aren’t completely tarnished by tourism. Your street vendor was correct, you were rich. Every single person living in Australia is ‘rich’. Even those on the smallest of Australian incomes can afford a way of life that’s so comfortable they would appear wealthy to at least half of the worlds population. Everything in life is comparable, and often the lower incomed people are compared to more affluent Australians and consequently are to be considered to be living in poverty. Change the comparison to the majority of the world and suddenly our poorest have an income that can sustain a comfortable life, with shelter, fresh water, and a full belly. We really are living in the lucky country.

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    1. Wise words, Chris. Indeed, these things can be relative. To sustain life, we actually need quite little in the way of material objects, as you mentioned – apart from food, shelter and safety and a community to belong. All the other layers we now have, in our country at least, are an expectation, and we treat them as if they were a basic civil right – a house of our own, a car, employment, education, time off from work to relax and recreate, access to the internet – all these things are now taken for granted and we winge if we are deprived of them. I think the Western world could benefit from living in the Third World for a time, and that is why travel is important – in an educative sense. We are the lukcy minorty and we do not appreciate it.
      Does travel help understanding of one world and the other? Yes and NO. Some travellers are only comparing observers. They notice how things are different in another country and lament that it is not like “home.” Why on earth did they come, if they expected it to be like home? That is the reason for travel! To see and experience something different.
      Thankfully, there are also ethically conscious travellers who are open-minded and use their travel experiences for humanitarian purposes or to broaden their focus.
      Where was your first overseas trip?


      1. Australia was my first overseas destination, and I loved it so much I made it my home. I have been to the UK a number of times with a few side trips to other European countries, but apart from that I haven’t travelled extensively overseas. I love Australia, and find it has so much in the way of holiday destinations that I don’t feel a need to travel elsewhere. Sometimes Paul and i think we should give an overseas destination another try, so we do – but invariably we’re disappointed. I get homesick very quickly when overseas, but I never get homesick anywhere in Australia.That even includes trips to NZ where I was born, and grew up. I always impatient to get back onto Australian soil.

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        1. It is clear from your posts that you love the Australian bush and have travelled a lot of it. It makes such a difference if you love the place where you have to, or have chosen to, live. Amazing that you get homesick for it too. My kids are like that, but me, I don’t actually get homesick at all, if I travel overseas. I think I might have gypsy blood? I quite like roaming around Europe from country to country and would not have a problem doing in full time! It might be different if I had to roam around Asia perhaps, but I don’t think so. Shame that overseas won’t ever be more than a holiday destination to me. A lot of folks do have a yearning for home – if they have immigrated, yet others almost despise it. I suppose it is related to how happy you are in one’s current lifestyle and what memories you have of your childhood home?


      1. It is very strange because when going we flew against the time and coming back it was going with the time. I can’t remember how long it took but it is at least a 8-10 hours flight. We stopped in Luanda(Angola) before flying to Rio de Janeiro.

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        1. You were a time traveler, Ineke! That what I experience when I fly to Scandinavia. Then I lose a day coming home. It is fascinating. I watch the sun going down on my way out of Scandinavia, then the sun is rising on the last stretch home.


            1. I still find that amazing – that we can do that. It kind of wrecks the body clock flying west to east though. Flying to Scandinavia never bothers me, so going back in time is fine. Racing ahead seems to be a killer for jet lag. What about you, Ineke?


            2. I found that because I started at 9pm in SA and landing just after 12pm in Wellington gave me time to sleep, but going back to SA staying in daytime was harder. It didn’t help to take a sleepimg pill because everybody was awake and it was light all the time.

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  3. Wow it was so interesting reading your experience. The photos take my imagination to the times when I didn’t even exist in this world. How special that Nepal was your first overseas visit! England must have been quite similar as home to Australians – except the weather and nature perhaps – and I see that Bali has been such an evergreen destination for Aussies.
    It’s great that you have preserved these precious photos and postcards from your visit. It must have been such a cultural shock for you indeed. Nowadays you can see the effects of globalization everywhere, back then it must have been so untouched. Yes, many Nepalese are poor materially – and traveling abroad for pleasure is a dream for many. Back then it must have been an alien concept. These days many middle class families actually can afford to travel abroad for pleasure – especially since many Nepalese live and earn abroad and invite their families for a visit and show them around, etc.
    I am slightly surprised the man you talked with seemed to know about Australia. Not so long ago, every white tourist was an American for many Nepalese haha. But these days people know more about the outside world.
    Giving money to children or beggars – this is quite complicated – I read somewhere that in India for example begging is a business controlled by local mafia. Then there’s the dilemma of encouraging children to beg if we give them something. Sometimes they might even have agreements with the shopkeepers if people want to buy them something instead.
    Thanks for the collaboration, Amanda. I loved reading your descriptive post and your experiences from your special visit, not to mention the photos! 🙂 I believe Kathmandu truly lived up to its ‘mystical shangri-la’ reputation back then and stories like these about my hometown are always so interesting for me to hear.

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    1. I am so glad to hear that you liked my account of my time there. It will always have a special place in my heart, but I understand it feels strange for an Australian to be writing about your hometown at a time before you were born!
      I do feel lucky to have travelled to Nepal, before globalization took control and the world become the same in many places. Starbucks in every country almost. There was one pizza cafe in Kathmandu, where I was there, and that was the closest thing to a westernized shop we saw. We saw many things that we had never seen before in 1986.
      The street near Thamel? we called ‘Butcher Street’ in Kathmandu took our breath away. Animals and beasts in all stages of butchering, intestines hanging down on hooks open to the street, covered in flies and animal blood. That was quite confronting for us, but all part of the wonderful experience of opening our eyes to life in other parts of the world.
      Re knowledge about Australia – The tourist guides in 1986 all knew Australia I think, and we met two other Australian couples staying at the same hotel as us. Although on the plane to Kathmandu, we were the only white people in the whole plane!
      A young Nepalese boy we met at the Monkey stupa, Swayambunath, just outside of Kathmandu, wanted to be our ‘Guide’ too. I remember his knowledge of Australia was impressive, as he told us the capital city was Canberra!
      However, I feel he was unusual as he spoke very good English. In 1986, I doubt the ladies in Bhaktapur, selling the trinkets would have known where Australia was.
      It is comforting to hear that middle class Nepali families do travel abroard now. That shows the country is progressing economically. And that is very good news.


  4. Such an interesting post and it’s great to see your photos and hear your memories from your trip. I’ve just read Pooja’s post and it certainly does sound like it has changed a lot. I’ve just been showing the posts to my partner as well, as he travelled to Nepal twice in the 90’s and loved it. You are both very lucky to have had these travel experiences back then. I have never been but it is on the list! As for my first trip overseas, this was in the mid 70’s when I was 7 months old and I was being taken from the UK to Bahrain by my parents, as we were going to be living out there. Probably the first trip I vaguely remember was to Thailand and Australia when I was a child, but they are vague memories. In 1986 I was having a very different experience and was returning to the UK from Bahrain feeling very much like a foreigner! Thanks so much for sharing this post, it’s a great idea and has made me want to go back through my old photos and revisit the memories of my travels!

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    1. What an interesting childhood you must have had, MDFF. Very different from most other British girls, so it is no surprise that you felt like a foreigner on your return. How long did it take to adjust?
      Was your partner trekking in Nepal?

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      1. It was definitely different! I do feel very lucky to have had that experience, it was a special time for us all. My old school friends from that time agree and it was great to have had it at such a young age when it was totally normal to us. But Bahrain was home, the UK was not and I had the added trauma of returning to the UK because my father passed away, so it was quite a dark time to be honest. It took a long time for me to adjust to it all. A very mixed bag indeed! Yes, my partner went trekking in Nepal, I think he did the Annapurna circuit but I’d have to double check that! Did you go trekking during your time there?

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        1. No, my husband is not a trekker, so we just did day trips in and around Kathmandu. We were not that adventurous for our first trip overseas.
          I am sorry to hear that you went through a dark time in your youth. That must have been difficult but also perhaps made you resilient and hungry for travel? Do you follow The Snow melts Somewhere blog? She had a very similar experience to you and feels that she is a, “Third Culture Kid.”

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          1. Ah well, going to Nepal for your first trip overseas was pretty adventurous I’d say! Can I ask why you picked it? I’m not a big trekker either, I would love to go there but I’m not sure how I’d manage the trekking. Thank you, it was a very difficult time, but I think you are right, the whole experience definitely sparked my love of travel and other countries and cultures. I will forever be grateful to my parents for giving me that experience during my childhood. I do follow Snow! I love her blog and we have had a few lovely conversations about our experiences. I can very much identify with her feeling of being a Third Culture Kid.


            1. Of course, you can ask why I picked Nepal for my first trip, MDFF. I wanted to see a different culture, and a relative had visited and I became fascinated by the country. I wanted to see the tallest mountain range in the world. It is a spectacular country and I fell in love with the countryside, the people and the lifestyle. It is great that you and Snow can find some common ground and have an understanding of what each of you have been through. The blogging community is a great support!

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            2. It really is! I don’t know a lot of other people who had a similar childhood so it’s been lovely to discover a fellow third culture kid here. Well, what a fabulous choice it sounds like it was for you. Such an adventure to have and great memories made!

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            3. A lifelong connection with Nepal was forged on that trip. The only time I have been there! I became involved with a variety of community projects in the country. I loved direct community action on the ground, rather than donating to a large charity that spent a lot of money on advertising and overheads.

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            4. I find it intriguing as I have no heritage from Nepal, and the countries I feel drawn to are always where I have had some family immigrate from. Must be DnA memory? But Nepal? Why? I can only summise that it is because it is so unique!

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            5. It’s an interesting question! I don’t know the answer but I have that sort of affinity with Cambodia, but I have no idea why! In fact both my partner and I love SE Asia in general and feel so comfortable there. But isn’t it lovely to find places like that?

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  5. What an interesting post, Amanda!! I loved to see Nepal from your eyes, even if the trip was long ago… it makes the story even more interesting!!
    Uuuummm, funny, my first oversea trip was to Bali, my honeymoon! And it shocked me how one side of the street contrasted with the other: beautiful giant luxury hotels by the beach on one side, very humble and poor local houses on the other. Two worlds in the same street! But once I got to know a bit about Balinese people and their culture, I loved them 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mercedes, it is kind of you to say that and I am glad you liked reading about my trip so long ago.
      So, you travelled all the way to Bali for a honeymoon, like Elle McPherson and some other celebrities? For us Australians, Bali is not that exotic and it has lots of problems with drugs. tourists and alcohol. However, the people have a beautiful nature and culture and are very kind. The contrast between rich and poor in Bali is stark. All Australians are rich when they go to Bali and it attracts the youth who do not have a lot of money. They party, smoke and drink and lay on the beach – to them it is a sign of a great time. They have little to show for it except a big headache and loss of money!
      Mind you, some of the smaller beach resorts in Bali are really beautiful and a worthwhile destination if you want to relax away from the buzz of the major tourist areas. As I am not a fan of the heat, I have never wanted to go there.
      You must have some very special memories of the region. Will you ever return?

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      1. I have beautiful memories from Bali! We spend 10 days in the island, mostly travelling around, visiting beautiful temples, waterfalls and empty beaches in the north! And I also discovered that I’m not a beach person… I get bored very fast just lying under the sun (and I”ve very light skin and get burn easily, specially after years living in Sweden and Ireland… so I’m always afraid of getting burnt!!). I loved Balinese people, how friendly and smiley they are, even if sometimes they asked very personal questions (as soon as they knew we were on our honeymoon, they inmediately asked us about when were we having babies, hehehe). Fortunately, I missed the busy parts of Bali, specially Kuta, so we didn’t experience the party, smoke and drink part, hehehe. But there were also a few things that disappointed me, probably because I’m used to go to the beach in Spain and things are very different… The beach part in Bali wasn’t as idyllic as I imagined! And yes, somehow we felt “rich” in Bali, even if we were just newly graduated with our first jobs, hehehe
        Would I ever return?? Uuummm I don’t know! There are so many trips that I’d like to make again with the camera!! I still don’t know if Bali is one of them…
        Now I’m curious… Where do Australian people go for their honeymoon??


    1. Thanks ever so much for saying that you liked the older photos. They have that yellowing brown hue of developed photos. In those days, I had a great SLR camera so these photos have fared better over time, in storage than the instamatic ones. I too am glad I have these photos as they revive the most wonderful memories. It is just a shame we were so limited as to how many photos we took, in those days, by the length of our film. I think I took 3 x 36 rolls of film, and nowadays I take anything up to 1000 photos per trip! Quite a difference. Where in the world are you locked down, Marty?


      1. You can always recognize them; to me they represent something that’s warm and nostalgic. Sort of like how vinyl records sound with those pops and scratches. My wife and I live in St. Augustine, Florida.


    1. This historic resource they have is so extremely valuable. I would like to see them preserve it for the future. I imagine that when your population is struggling to survive, it is tough to allocate resources to rebuild structures.


  6. This was fascinating. My own visit to that part of the world was to South India, chosen partly because it tends to be less visited than many parts of Northern India. Such contrasting areas. Thanks for this full and insightful account.


  7. Fascinating. What a strong impression this place must have made on you! Overseas from Europe? Only once, to Los Angeles and San Francisco. I was absolutely charmed and didn’t wish to return. But my first road trip with two girlfriends to Cote d’Azure, the Loire valley and Paris came earlier. That was my first trip abroad without parents. Extremely memorable.

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    1. When you live with so much culture and ethnic variety at your ‘doorstep,’ there is little incentive to travel widely. You were charmed but didn’t wish to return? I am not sure I understand why?

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      1. I was on a visit and staying with a friend’s father. He lived in Hollywood. I wasn’t all that sure this is what I wanted. But I had a feeling I might return one day and stay for good. And then I found my California a bit closer.


          1. Ahhh, no no. I’m not a poker player. Nottttt Las Vegas. It’s everything about life that is fake and that I hate. (I was never there though.) I’d live on the beach somewhere north of LA. Or I’d hop over to Mexico, it’s in my name. 😉 And I also haven’t been.

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  8. A Beautiful piece on Nepal. I’m glad you took so much information and learning from our country. Ive lived here all my life and getting to read the stories through the photographs was a treat. Thankyou. Did you manage to visit other places except Kathmandu valley? I’d love to see the photos you took.

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    1. Yes, Ayush. I did a few day trips outside of Kathmandu. I will post some more in Kathmandu again some time. I was totally captivated with your country. What part of Nepal are you from?

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  9. Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.


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