Sunday
10 Jan 2016
Nepal – seen through Julianes eyes

Meet ETP´s ambassador Juliane Josephsen, founder of Nordvestpassasjen. Juliane went on our theme-based fair trade trip to Nepal last November. We gave her access to our Facebook page so she could post photos on a daily basis throughout their journey. Enjoy pictures from Nepal - seen through her eyes!

Text and photos © Juliane Josephsen. You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them (apart from the slideshows). Some of the photos come with a short story when you hover over them. Enjoy

THIMI, THE POTTERY VILLAGE AND AND THE WORLD HERITAGE TOWN, BHAKTAPUR

The dogs are resting by the heat of the pile of ashes. Enjoying the heat. In Thimi, the village we visited, all residents are potters. They do the handicraft using old traditions. We got to “Throw your own souvenir” which mean that we got to try the potters wheel and make our own ceramic bowl.

We were invited in to a backyard to see how they make rice wine, which it seems like they all make for their own use. Incense, flowers and food are scarified in the small temples that are found everywhere.

Our group got to meet the elders of the village, who received some kind of an idol status at the age of 77, 7 months and 7 days…

We spend the evening and the night in Bhaktapur, one of the former 50 kingdoms. What a beautiful “museum of a city” and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It felt good to finish the day with views over the durbar square with a good cup of coffee in my hand!

Early morning the next day we walked around the streets and experienced the old town Bhaktapur waking up. Dawn at Bhaktapur.

MEETING THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PRODUCTS

We had all different reasons for being part of this fair trade trip. In common was of course the fascination for the country and the interest in fair trade.

As the owner of Nordvestpassasjen, selling ethical brands, it was one experience I had been looking forward to for a long time; meet the people behind the products I sell.

Together with designer behind accessories brand Aura Que , Laura Queening, we visited Kumbeveshar Technical School and got to see the process from wool to spun and dyed yarns. Slow fashion at its best!

FROM KATHMANDU TO BEAUTIFUL POKHARA

After a couple of days in Kathmandu visiting several places, we travelled to Pokhara. Along the route we enjoyed a really nice lunch at Summit River Lodge. Click on the photos for description and then hoover over!

FROM CROP TO CUP - ORGANIC COFFEE

We visited a small organic farm that produced a range of products. One of the favorite was of course the freshly brewed coffee!

FROM POKHARA TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

WALKING SAFARI AND BIRDING IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK.

Early up for birdwatching where we saw kingfisher, yellow wagtail and peacocks to mention some. Close by the village we came across a sleeping rhino. During the night it raided the hotel owners vegetable garden, which is right next to our room.

Our neighbour, a female elephant trumpeted, but we slept through it all.

At the end of our walk we saw crocodiles in the river. What an adventure.

IMPRESSIONS... THE EVERY DAY LIFE IN CHITWAN

“Stocking up on super tasty & super fresh bananas on a roadside shop. Almost back in Ktm after driving from Chitwan.”

NEPAL- THANK YOU!

The girls who fell in love with Nepal, some addicted to dal bhat: Anette, Mona, Torill, Juliane (yours truly) and Gry.

Ethical Travel Portal and Linda Veråsdal together with Socialtours and Raj Gyawali have done a very good job of putting together this fair trade trip. We experienced so much more than we ever could have imagined, and got an indepth encounter with Nepalis.

Thank you.

Juliane Josephsen

  • Tags: Nepal, Adventure, outdoor, ethicaltravel, Local, mountains, Nature