This Christmas Mandy’s dad came by to visit us. A great week and a good excuse to leave work behind for a few days and travel around Nepal. We went to Nagarkot, Baktapur and National Park Chitwan. Of course we took our camera with us to show you the beauty of Nepal!
Hello! Good morning! What is your good name? To which country you belong? It is almost 5 in the morning, still pitch black outside and freezing cold, but the classroom is full off brightly awake young girls.
Our host and director of Yuwa, Franz Gastler, woke us up at 4:30 and gave us the best (strong) coffee we had since ages and some cookies. Even the coffee couldn’t help keeping our eyes open and with sleeping dust in our heads we followed Franz towards the Rickshaw that was waiting for two football coaches and us.
On our way to the rickshaw we passed a classroom full of girls who where already in the middle of a course. Not sleepy at all and full of life they posed these questions to us. Smiles turned up on our faces and we replied them with ‘Good morning, we are Mandy and Pieter from the Netherlands. What is your name?’
This month we got some publications about our trip and we want to thank everyone for that! We got featured on many sites, like BoredPanda, VoqueCasa, The Ruta Magazine, Rock Riders, MotoLady and we have some more articles and interviews coming up! Are you interested to write something about us? Just send as an email and we respond as soon as possible. Did you already write something about us, please send us the link, we would love to know!
This week also more information about our India trip! Want to collaborate with us or interested in our story? Just let us know.
It is Diwali, or also called Divali, Deepavali or Tihar. It is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism and is celebrated big in Nepal. It is also called the festival of light, because everywhere you find candles and lamps when it is getting dark.
You will find oil lamps everywhere. Dipa, a traditional clay bowl is filled with ghee (butter) and a cotton wick. People put these before their houses, on their windows and in the street.
Diwali is a festival for everyone and it mainly celebrates the victory of the good. During Diwali several gods are worshipped, one of them is Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty and wealth. You will find little children on the street singing to people for money and candy. It feels a bit like a mix between Christmas, Sint-Maarten (Dutch) and Halloween. We went to celebrate Diwali in Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. You can see the pictures of this beautiful, cosy and happy festival below.