- personal travel notes (which works as an online
backup as well as an e-postcard to friends and relatives)
Monday, May 5, 2003
Today, I went to video-interview
professor Chaitanya Mishra from the Department of Sociology and
Anthropology. He was good, and had some clever points about the
differences in Asian and Western ways of thinking.|
I'll also be interviewing editor-in-chief Kanak Dixit next week,
and possibly a few more.
Kathmandu is in its dusty and misty period, making it impossible to
really see the Himalayan mountain peaks supposed to be out
there somewhere in the horizon.
So, I've decided to tear six days out of the calendar to go
for an "offline
hike" in the Annapurna area. Rucksack and walking boots...
climbing up to 6.000 meters above sea level with my beloved videocamera.
Leaving by car tomorrow at 6 AM.
An online-addict like me, six times 24 hours offline?
How will that turn
out?! I wonder too. Well, if you log on Monday next week you might
find the answer...
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Among other things,
I attended a wedding ceremony from the early morning, strolled
around in the old part of the city, and had a one hour ayurveda
Saturday, May 3, 2003
| Started out
in the morning attending a demonstration for freedom of press:
200 journalists walking through the streets of Kathmandu with
banners and sign posts.
Then some inevitable tourist sight-seeing as a first-timer in
Kathmandu: Visited a hindu temple in the early midday. And visited
a famous buddhist temple on top a hill, in the late afternoon.
Pradeep and Marianne showed me around
and told me long stories about the places, the history, the religions,
and the customs. This is indeed a very spiritual country. And
a fascinating mixture of Tibet and India.
Friday, May 2, 2003
| Woke up this morning to a
magnificent view over the sunlit Himalayan hills and mountain
peaks - in something which could best be described as a luxurious
villa in the outskirt of Kathmandu. Which is where I'm presently
strolling on the marble floors in a green pair of nepaleese 'sutsko'
Marianne who invited me here, picked me up with a yellow flower
neckless in the airport, and everything has been pushing forward
in an incredibly smooth, easy-going, fun and inspiring way. She
is introducing my to Nepali (or is it Nepaleese?) musicians and
journalists, and coming up with all sorts of interesting ideas
about what I should do and see and try and taste and buy and...
The weather here is really pleasant, temperatures are like the
Danish summer when it is at its best.
The photo: sunset over Kathmandu Friday evening.
When I arrived last night, it was raining. This night we went
to see a modern Nepaleese theatre play.