Sunday, November 23, 2008

Where I've Been

As you may have noticed, I've been on vacation from blogging for the last two months. Many thanks for your sweet comments checking in on me and for optimistically keeping me in your RSS feed!


I have been intending to post for a couple of weeks now, but there is just so much to catch up on I hardly know where to begin. The last two months have been a whirlwind of planning for travel, actually traveling, and post-travel withdrawal. The travel in question? A trip to Nepal. Or as I like to call it "the homeland." I grew up there and though I've lived in many places since, it firmly occupies the "home" spot in my heart. Even after two weeks back in New York City, I'm not sure I have the words to describe what a joy it was to be there again after many years away. So I'll let photos do the talking, starting with a few of the capital: Kathmandu.



The eyes of Buddha, Swayambunath Stupa.


Prayer flags blowing in the breeze, Thamel.

Candles lit in celebration of a holy day.

The Old City, Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Beans and lentils for sale in the market.

Two friends keep a shopkeeper company in the bead market.

A mother and son sell colored powder for the Tihar festival.

Father and son, selling flower garlands.

Looking out over the river with Pashupati Temple in the background.

A happy-looking cow kneels in a temple doorway.

Snacks for sale on the temple steps.

A sculpted lion sticks a tongue out at passersby, Swayambunath.

A woman carries a basket of greens on her back.

Goodbye, Kathmandu.
Next post: pictures from the Himalayas.

27 comments:

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

WOW, lucky you - I love this part of the world...one of my dreams come true would be to spend time in Nepal (my husband knows the place well) and despite my many trips to India and SE Asia, I haven't yet made it - thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, I'll be back for the rest..:)

Robin said...

You grew up there? How fascinating.
It looks like an amazing place!

ellen said...

How beautiful and what a special place to hold in your heart of hearts.

limonana said...

stunning photos elizabeth!!! i so wish i could have been there too!! it must have been something else...gorgeous...

Elizabeth said...

Here, There - It is such a beautiful part of the world. I hope your travels do take you to Nepal some day!

Robin - It is an amazing place!

Ellen - I do feel lucky to call such a place home.

Limonana - Wish you could have been there too my dear! Someday...

noosh. said...

so glad to have you back in the blogging world! :) your pictures are incredible-- i especially love the one of the prayer flags. hopefully some day soon we can make it to nepal as well! looking forward to the rest of the pics.

Angry Asian said...

so so so SOOOOOO glad you're back! yay! loved your pics of kathmandu and eagerly await pix from the himilayas. :)

Claire, said...

So glad you are back. Long time gone. Love your new header, I see where inspiration comes from. Looks like a fascinating trip. I look forward to seeing more images, please...

Chessa said...

I've missed you! I knew from Amy that you were traveling back home. Thank you for sharing these gems with us. When I was practicing I worked on a pro bono asylum case from a woman from Nepal. Such a wonderful, kind person. I must visit that incredible country one day.

Sabrina said...

There you go again...capturing more beauty and making me long to visit yet another place on the globe. Someday I hope. In the meantime thanks for all the lovely glimpses of your homeland.

Welcome back!

Vanessa Voss said...

thank you for sharing bits of your journey!! The photos are so wonderful.

I looooove your new banner :)

Kathmandu is a place I have wanted to travel to for a while now. 'tis cool you grew up there :)

Jen said...

Holy cow! These pictures are breathtaking. This is definately on my to-visit list. Thanks for sharing this wonderful color.

Jaimee said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos!

Can't wait to see the Himalayas too!

raining sheep said...

Welcome back and thank you for leaving me birthday wishes. The photos are stunning. I would love to go to Nepal. Friends were just there a few months ago and loved it.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

oh honey..so nice to have you back!!!
I missed you so! Nepal? You grew up there? It must have been incredible! I've been there once only for a week over Christmas on a side trip from my time in India. it's a magical place and your photos are gorgeous and capture the rich colors and light so perfectly...excited to see more from the HimaLyas! WELCOME BACK!
(What's your email? Want to send you an invitation!)

amy said...

yay! so lovely to see some photos of your trip! they are lovely!
ps: i am mildly to deeply depressed right now.

Elizabeth said...

Noosh - Next trip, let's go together!

Angry Asian - It's nice to be back, I missed you too!

Claire - More to come very soon, I promise.

Chessa - Yes, you must visit. I would love to see your photos from a trip like that!

Sabrina - Thank you for the welcome back. It was so nice to catch up on what you have been up to!

Vanessa - You would love Kathmandu, I know it!

Jen - Thank you! I'm glad to know Nepal is on your list. :)

Jaimee - Himalayas coming very soon!

Raining sheep - It makes me so glad to hear that your friends enjoyed their trip to Nepal! I always recommend it as a great place to visit (though sadly it's so far away).

Bonbon Oiseau - Missed you too my dear! How wonderful that you passed through Nepal too. I'm so glad you liked it. It's a special place.

Amy - I hear you my dear. I'm just coming out of my post-vacation depression now.

Tartelette said...

I was glues to your Flickr stream the whole time you were gone...dreamy!
Glad you have you back but I completely understand the mixed feelings of being back.
Happy Thanksgiving Elizabeth!

Elizabeth said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Tartlette! It's nice to be back...

Camille said...

Gorgeous!!! The colors are so beautiful. Everything about the photos...I'm speechless. I cannot wait to see the photos of the Himilayas. I'd love to hear more about your childhood there!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Camille!

nathalie said...

wow!!! i was about to go cook our dinner and i got totally lost in these amazing photos. this makes my heart sing with joy. traveling is the thing i would love to do more often. i have always wanted to see the corners of the earth. and you are doing it for me. nepal is a beautiful country and the colors of the culture just brightens my day. i could spend hours upon hours in markets like this. just fascinating!!

Carolina Lange said...

Such an amazing place, so interesting, so beautiful, so many colors!
The photos are gorgeous!!! All of them! They make me want to be there!
I'm glad that you are back posting beautiful photos!

Elizabeth said...

Nathalie - I just love markets too, no matter where in the world! Glad you enjoyed.

Carolina - Thank you! It's nice to be back...

molly said...

you've captured so much beauty and life in your photos. i'm just blown away. what a fabulous feeling of going home to THIS...

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Molly!

Anonymous said...

b, these pictures are magnificent!! I especially love the first two!