Nepal Post 5 An Australians perspective. This ones for the girls.

What a lot of people don’t know about me is I love color and design. So upon coming to Nepal I was struck by the beauty of the handicrafts and the intricate designs.

So being my mums birthday and all, the fact she thinks I have great taste . I went out to shop to give her a birthday she wouldn’t forget.

First I found pashminas in her favorite colours greens and blues, then I found some pieces that matched with deep rich translucent greens and blues. What you have to realise these pieces if you bargain hard are so cheap compared to the west and have such character.

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But it didn’t stop there, I kept find more pieces that I fell in love with and more came.

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Note the intricate silver work and the richness of the stones. Every time I go away I buy mum pieces from around the world. I have bought things in Venice, Prague , Taiwan and now Nepal. I really enjoy looking, bargaining and matching her tastes to what I am seeing.

All I can say is if I ever get married my wife will be well looked after in that department. So for myself as mentioned in the previous post I bought a medicine bowl.

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I think its absolutly beautiful . To think one man slaved away making that for hundreds of hours is incredible the sound it makes is incredibly hypnotic. I intend to use it for meditation. Focussing on the sound really clears the mind and relaxes your body. They actually gave me a demonstration. I have to say I felt really chilled. Getting back to my point, I love pieces with a story. I prefer things that have character and are a bit beaten up.

I also picked up a Buddhist art work (not pictured) which is incredibly intricate and beautufull . Again it has a whole back story and took an artist 200hrs of work, using fine brush work. It has a lot of shapes that form a powerful symbol when you stand back from it.

Nepal Post 2 An Australian’s reflection

YES I made it, well I made it to the end of the first week of the internship.

Why is it that hard might you say? Well, I have a new appreciation for what an immigrant goes through landing in another country, not being able to speak the language know the systems or communicate.

It is tough being an outsider here or anywhere where you can’t speak the language. Sometimes it feels they are making joes about me behind my back. But hey it’s probably my neurosis. Anyway the good stuff.

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The experience whilst hard is incredibly exciting challenging and ever-changing. If you ever want to do something like this leave your expectations at home and be ready for anything. not only am I shooting stories for VSN but I am training local staff. One day in a woman’s centre who teaches English to adults who have never had the chance.

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woman’s education centre

To being invited for dinner by one of my interviewees who is a homestay host. Eating and enjoying the company of her and VSN’s volunteers.

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Every day is so diverse I went out for a walk around Bhaktapur this morning and found myself in a precession of Hindus chanting an unbelievable eye-opening experience.

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Hindu ceremony

Next week I meet the director of VSN for whom I found out is the brother of the founder and the uncle of the current coordinator. I shot a piece today with the coordinator who spoke with such passion about the future of the Nepalese people and the role VSN can play. I will also be interviewing a fully robed monk in a monastery here in Kathmandu.

After a tough first few days I really feel like I am hitting my stride getting used to everything from the pace of life to the food and knowing the limitations of my equipment. My camera has overheated a few times. When it overheats I have to stop and cool it down. The heat drains the batteries which isn’t good.  On Sunday I am being taken up on a cable car to a mountain top shrine right up the cliff face of the Kathmandu Valley. It should be quite something. Till next time by for now….

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