Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just pictures, Nepal

Round about in Kathmandu, with statues.

They have one too?

Normal traffic in Kathmandu proper and all the way out of town.
I was trying to sneak a picture of this little, old lady carrying her load, but then she stopped and smiled at me and let me take it.  So many people want us to pay them, as if we were going to sell it to National Geographic or something.
On our last visit we attended a turnover ceremony for this project with CHOICE.  When we came back we saw that it was working just great--always a joy!
These white plastic structures are green houses and CHOICE and many other groups are providing them to villages all over the place, and CHOICE is doing about 300 this year.
I never tire of taking pictures of cultural activities.  These ladies are so small and their burdens are so heavy.  We Americans are such wimps. 
Bishnu and Kiran checking out a tank on one of their projects.  It is getting close to being completed.

A sacred cow.

Top of the traffic jam waiting for the slide to be removed from the road to the Tibet border.

I watched this truck as he crept, barely moving, over the road to the Tibet border; he was navigating the muddy section.  Sister Wasuita and I were happy to walk back over this part of the road to stop others from coming as we turned around and went back to the city.

The new offices of CHOICE; they use two floors.

Electricity anyone?

There are a couple of really nice roads in Kathmandu, one built by the Japanese.

In Kathmandu
The little humble home was on the edge of the cliff, but the chicken coop shown here is hanging over the edge.

Living on the edge of the beautiful mountains.
The Himalayas from our hotel.

Inside the Radisson, celebrating Hindu month of October
At the entrance of the hotel

The Radisson where we are staying in Kathmandu, celebrating the October Hindu holidays.
The beautiful fields in Kathmandu Valley

We learned that this huge statue is made of metal.

We're on top of a mountain, looking at just one of three tanks for this project, pumping water from a spring up on top.

Up here on top of the mountain we met a group of Europeans on a 'walking tour'.  Not only us but this busload used the bathroom in this house--they must have a deal with the bus drivers and get paid, because there were a lot of people.  The dirt road to the right is the one we drove up on, which was very muddy in spots with some streams running across the road.
The Water Committee chairman.
Wasuita's living room apartment.
Betty Wasuita in her small kitchen, but it has granite tops.

Just below the top tank for this project, where we happily got to walk up the last several switchbacks instead of driving up a partly missing, deeply rutted road.
Living on the beautiful hills above the main mountain road out of Kathmandu.
Above and below, the mountain road leaving Kathmandu, the one where everyone passes on curves.  A bus carrying 100 passengers went over the edge on the lower section; 15 died, many injured; it was a miracle that so few died considering how far down the bus went, but did not go into the river below.

There are rivers at the bottom of all these mountain roads.

Waiting for the rock slide to be removed by a backhoe on this way-up-high mountain, dirt road on the way to the Tibet border (above & below)

It took several hours after this to clear the slide.  All over this road at any time there are constant rock slides.  There are rivers and little falls next to the road, coming across to make it even more dangerous--muddy and slippery.

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