Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu valley consists of the three districts; Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Each district has an ancient Durbar Square - a palace plaza, each belonging to a separate king of the past. The elaborate and delicate architecture was hardly damaged during the earthquake but despite that, the charm of these world heritage places remains and surrounded by crowded, hectic streets, they offered a place of peace and contemplation.


Three Months After the Earthquake

More than three months after the three earthquakes in Nepal, the damages are vividly seen around every corner. From the many people without home to damaged world heritages, Nepal will never be quite the same. Although people work hard to get Nepal back to what it was and NGO’s and governments make an effort to help it is yet not enough.


Dolakha

Although the purpose of my stay in Dolakha was to document the damages three months after the earthquake, I spent much of my time getting an insight to the village life. Heavy rice field work, more than five hours walking in the mountains everyday and limited electricity was some of the conditions I was experiencing. After the earthquake April 25, with the epicenter in Dolakha, all houses have collapsed. This forced people to live in shelters built out of the rooftops of their prior homes. Nonetheless the shelter were transformed to the closet thing you could get to home. You could feel the sense of community as life is not easy here, especially now. Everyone works together to combat the challenged they are facing on daily faces. Despite all, their hearts were still big enough to make me feel welcome and a part of the community during my stay in Daira. I have a new family here, which I home to return to in the near future.


Kathmandu

Four months ago, my trip to Nepal was suppose to be exploring of the rich flora and fauna including many hours of trekking in the mountains. However after the earthquakes, the plan changed. Although most of my time was spent in Dolakha to document the damages from the earthquake, Kathmandu was still my base and I had the opportunity to walk the streets of this lively, cultural, colorful valley and its inviting people


This is Bhutan

Many Asian countries have a large number of tourists visiting all year around. And although the economy of Bhutan is highly supported by tourism, getting in to Bhutan is not as easy, unless you have a big wallet…Or unless you have a best friend from Bhutan. After three months of visa process I finally arrived. I observed a culture that still seem authentic. While Thailand’s beaches are filled with drunk tourists at full moon parties disrupting the beautiful nature, I saw the positive effect that the strict tourism policy had on Bhutan. With the clouds hanging in the mountains and the beautiful praying flags, national dresses and peaceful atmosphere, I did not take long for me to fall in love. I wish I had a citizenship but also thought of how the 700.00 population would rise rapidly if the government changed their policy. Bhutan is a country where the government prioritize the people’s happiness over economic growth and where people live in harmony with nature and maintain the ancient traditions.  Who wouldn’t want to live in this incredible country. 



Burmese Monkeys

When visiting mount Popa, the many monkeys were inevitable.  and I continued my newly discovered hobby  - photographing monkeys. This place has so many monkeys that some people have given it the nickname Monkey Mountain. 


Buddhism

Myanmar is the most religious buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population as well as the proportion of income spent on religion. Although I considered myself spiritual rather than religious, buddhism have always awaken my curiosity. Being in Myanmar, constantly exposed to Buddhism increased my curiosity and made me want to come back and learn more about their values and ideas behind it. 


Bagan

I started my Asian adventure with eight hours in the transit area in Ataturk airport before flying to Hong Kong. There, I spent the time watching the Samsara movie from 2011. It was when I saw the scenes from Bagan and thought that I had to find out where than beautiful place was. Soon I discovered all the many treasures Myanmar holds, and a few weeks later It was included in my travel plan. Although the sunrises and sunsets weren’t at their most spectacular during my time there, Bagan never disappointed with its spectacular Pagodas and temples, as well as the amazing people I met during my stay. 


Faces of The Future

With the many changes that have happened in Myanmar over the last years and continue to happen, people wonder how the future of the country will look like. This is the faces of the future. These children will be a part of that future and have the ability to shape it. The innocence will soon disappear but for now they are still just children - beautiful, playful children filled with joy, warmth, energy and love.  


Inle lake

This lake is magic and though I can try explaining it, you can never truly understand it, until you experience it on your own. Growing up sailing each summer and every time I visit home, the many hours on the lake fulfilled something special in me. With the wind in my hair and the sound of the boat cutting through the water my senses were satisfied and I could enjoy the scenery of the floating villages, the fishermen and shore life and although I walked back completely sunburned after almost ten hours at the lake, I could not feel any happier.  


Trekking from Kalaw

The most perfect way to reach Inle Lake started in Kalaw, followed by a two day trekking through the ethnic farming villages. It is moments like this when you question how we view development and success. Even though these people had little, they were happy and content. They did not need or want computers and Smartphones and with a little educational improvement they lived the perfect simple and happy lives with their kind and open hearts, surrounded by the beautiful landscape. 


A Glimpse of Myanmar

Before I arrived in Myanmar, I didn’t really know what to expect. I just had a feeling that I was about to discover something fantastic. And I was right. A warm welcome was felt from the people walking around in Longee’s and with sunscreen made from a tree painted on their faces in various patterns. From the heavy influence of Buddhism, spreading vivid colors of gold and red all over the country to the traditional attire of the ethnic tribes, despite rainy season this country was full of color. My time in Myanmar felt safe, welcomed and kept impressing me from one moment to the next.  


The golden hour in Hanoi

I was hardly able to grasp how beautiful the light was this one evening in Hanoi when walking to see the authentic water puppet show. No editing was needed when granted with this glorious light, a light that I had not seen for the last ten weeks in Hong Kong.


Monochromatic Siem Reap

sometimes you do not need color to appreciate the beautiful moments in life. Sometimes removing the color makes you pay attention to different details, because your eye had less things to focus on. These few photographs from my time in Siem Reap are highlighting some of the scenes that took my breath away during my time there. 


Hanoi Shops and Streets

The shops and roads in Hanoi is an intriguing thing in its own self. Many streets are dedicated to selling one type of thing, and likewise do many shops stay very specific to a certain device or gadget. Once you know the system it makes it a lot easier to find what you are looking for. 


Monkeys

During my travels I am mostly drawn towards people. However the monkeys at Angkor almost fulfilled that interest. When I need a break from temples or bicycling there was no cafe’s around for people watching, so instead I observed the fascinating movements and expression of the different monkeys which was an experience on its own (even when they stole my water).


Angkor

I arrived with the thought that I had plenty of time, not only to see the temples but to do other things I hadn’t yet had time to. After the first day at Angkor I however realized that this place quickly sucks up all your time. After three days I am left with the feeling that I will be coming back again someday. Although Angkor Wat is the signature temple, and hours are easily spent there, all the temples as a whole, the people and the animals, are all a part of this magical place that was made by humans so many centuries ago and you can barely understand exist. 


People in Vietnam

When I look back at my time in Vietnam, I will not only think of the beautiful nature that I was emerged in. I will remember, not only the people who welcomed and introduced me to their lifes, but also the people I passed on my journey. From young to old, their faces will forever leave a mark in my memory.


Hue

With horses and ancient buildings, the Citadel in Hue will take you back in time. You can easily spend three hours walking around while only seeing few other tourists. Furthermore, the enormous tombs of the old kings a little out of town, surrounded by Vietnam’s beautiful nature makes Hue a perfect place for a weekend trip. 


Beautiful faces in Vietnam

One of the things I love the most about traveling is meeting new cultures and seeing new faces. We are all the same species but we are so different. I never feel like I am traveling alone because I keep meeting inspiring and interesting people on my way that educate me, make me laugh, make me think and welcome me to their country. 


Sapa

Imagine being in a landscape that keeps taking your breath away. Once you get out where tourism still haven’t destroyed the culture, this place is magic. A landscape shaped by rice fields and ethnic tribes and where the light continues to transform the spectacular view day by day, minute by minute.


Ba Be

We headed up not to be flattered by the beautiful mountains and natures that Ba Be had to offer. Waterfalls, idyllic scenery, extraordinary views and the weekend was set, away from the massive tourism.


Vietnam is Exhausted as well

When I was in Hong Kong I noticed the tendency to nap in the public, exhausted by work. Vietnam was no different, especially not in the bigger cities. Lack of development forces people to work more than their bodies can handle. 


Hanoi

My first experience as well as my base in Vietnam was the capital Hanoi, where I spent the next few weeks living with my high school friend who is doing an internship at a local hospital. Ancient culture and history has left its mark on this popular city and added to its charm. Hanoi is also a city where most transportation is by motorbike, making it difficult to walk the roads without feeling like you are a part of a computer game. But once you get a hang of the city it is an easy place to feel comfortable and a preferable base for a trip around Vietnam. 

West lake

Trying to walk the roads of Hanoi is not always easy

Traditional water puppet show

After the storm

Sunset over Hanoi

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