Posted by: thebluemusicblog | February 24, 2016

NEPAL III

Bhaktapur is a city 30 km outside Katmandu and it has the most magnificent Durbar Square in all Nepal. (Durbar means Palace.) It is a World Heritage Site since 1979 and its history goes back to the 8th century, and for a long time this was the capital of Nepal. Bhaktapur was damaged terribly by the earthquake, and it is partly a sad walk through narrow streets and open squares where monumental temples and palaces have fallen apart by the enormous energy in the earthquake 25th of April 2015.

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This goat is sleeping on one of the squares, or maybe meditating. It was, however, smelling like goats should:-)

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These photos show the damages almost a year after the catastrophe.

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In the middle of Bhaktapur there is still a camp for victims who are homeless and waiting for their homes to be repaired or rebuilt.

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In the old town many buildings are being kept “alive” by artificial means.

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It does not feel safe to come too close to these half ruins, and on posters we can see photos of the buildings in all their magnificent splendour before the earthquake.

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This is the surprising reality of a big earthquake – in the middle of ruins and rubble there are buildings seemingly untouched by any destruction.

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Back in  one of the villages outside of Katmandu and back on job. Here together with the principal of the Valley English School where YMCA of Nepal has built a temporary building for the community based school. The school lost all its  buildings in the disaster. Now I am invited to inaugurate the building by hanging this poster on the wall.

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This turned out to be more difficult than thought. The headmaster climbed up on a chair, and that destroyed the balance between us. Somebody found a very unstable climbing device that I then took in use. All the pupils of the school followed the drama intensely.

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The inauguration ceremony had become much more exciting and dramatic than they usually are, and several people were needed to support the two people implementing the inauguration.

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Finally we succeeded and I received standing ovations from the pupils.

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Here close ups of the pupils as they were following the drama.

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None of them were bored, something they usually become very quickly through ceremonies like this.

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So in many ways it became a child friendly inauguration, something to be remembered and something to remember the YMCA by!

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The youngest had got the best places, but still some of them struggled to reach over the chairs.

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Other climbed up on the dried mud stairs to get a better overview.

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After this hard work we needed a heart strengthening lunch before we headed for Nagarkot up in the mountains. Here you can see Samarpan, the son of Mukti, working in a travel agency and assisting us as guide and master of logistics.

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Again the mountain roads were a true experience, sometimes dangerously narrow and with no real protection from the abyss outside the road leading to the deep valley underneath. Here an interesting and challenging traffic situation ahead of us.

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A dusty photo of the exotic roads on our way to the mountains.

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This is Hotel Country Villa where we stayed for the night. It was built on terraces overlooking the valley deep, deep underneath us.

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This was supposed to be a fantastic place to see the Himalayas, but you can see that the air is already becoming foggy under the full moon, and next morning the fog was total and we could not see any traces of the Himalayas.

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It became an almost mystical farewell with Nepal. This visit has left a strong imprint on all of us, strong impressions of a wounded land. This afternoon we had the second earthquake with a strength of 5,4, a reminder of the deep traumas the population has had to live through. Still it is the land of smiling people and beautiful kids, and I am deeply impressed with the good work of our YMCA in remote villages and in schools and childcare centres. Tonight I met with two members of Parliament, and they both praised the good work of YMCA.


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