Suitcase and World: Nepal. Street scenes.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Nepal. Street scenes.

As much as I enjoy seeing the major heritage sites in and around Kathmandu, I also love just wandering the backstreets to see how people live their day to day lives. Here are some the images that I capture as I walked the backstreets of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and at Boudhanath and Swayambunath stupas.

Bowls of fruits, flowers and a waxed candle prepared as offerings. Patan.
The Grain Man. In his sacks are all sorts of rice, dried beans, lentils and corn. Durbar Square, Kathmandu.
Walking the pilgrim's circuit, Boudhanath stupa.
The Tailor, Bhaktapur.

Glazing terracotta pots for firing. The finished pots are filled with oil and lit at temple sites. Bhaktpur.
Doing laundry. Water is free so the women just clothes to wash. Patan.
Stringing flowers. You see these garlands draped over every possible surface imagineable in temples. Patan.
Cleaning oil lamps. Swayambunath stupa.
Drying rice and grains. Bhaktapur.
Baskets, terracotta pots, and leaves from the Sal tree. The Sal leaves are used to form bowls to hold ceremonial offerings. Bhaktapur.
The Sweets Lady. The fluffy balls of fried dough are dunked into sugar syrup before being devoured. Patan.
The Green Grocer. Bhaktapur.
Herding the "kids". Bhaktapur.
Carving masks. Patan.

The General Store. Patan.
Selling Vegetables. Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The Spice Man. There were some pretty heady aromas wafting up from the tins and sacks of mustard seed, coriander seed, pepper, chilis and other dried spices. Bhaktapur.