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Shannon’s Trip to Nepal

It’s no secret around here that we’ve got the travel bug. With the release of our new destination collections, we spend countless hours daydreaming about the beautiful places in the world we would like to cross off of our travel bucket lists. Recently, Shannon, our graphic designer and photographer, had the amazing opportunity to spend ten days in Nepal.  Shannon is truly talented and has taken all of the St. Barths and Cape Cod photography that we have been using, so we knew she would have some great photos from her trip. She was kind enough to share her photos and tell us a little about her adventure.

 

Boy climbs on a 700 year old statue in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

 

Incense burning in front of a hand-painted golden bhavacakra, or circle of life

 

Women harvesting wheat and preparing for monsoon season in the mountains just outside the city

 

Man gives an offering of candles to Buddha at the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

 

 What was the most memorable part of your trip?

“I made plenty of new friends while I was in Nepal. I had tea with a Lama (a monk teacher) and had a 2-hour conversation about religion. I got a “blessing” and a hug from a Shaiva Sadhu (a holy man considered to be a living god), saw Mt. Everest, wore a sari, and even fed a wild monkey one of my granola bars. I spent some time at a school and got to hang out with the kids, which was a lot of fun. On the last day, they dressed up and performed a few traditional Nepalese dances. The whole trip was memorable!”

What did you learn while you were there?

“I have picked up a new appreciation for reliable electricity, drinkable running water, and peace and quiet. I have also learned a lot about Hinduism and Buddhism, the two most common religions in Nepal.”

How would you describe the culture in Nepal?

“Friendly, relaxed, and easygoing. You can walk up to anyone on the street and have a conversation like old friends or take them out for tea. In America, people generally focus on their schedule and their families; in Nepal, people are pretty open for anything as long as you’re friendly.”

Do you have any advice for anyone planning to travel to Nepal?

“Make sure you know the conversion rate and the average price of things before you buy any souvenirs… they will try to overcharge you. Don’t be afraid to barter! You can usually get things for more than 50% less than the asking price.”

If you could describe your trip in 3 words,  what would they be?

“Fun, beautiful (people, landscape, architecture, & religion), and inspiring”

 

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