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Having spent the first evening in Nepal visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the next morning found me in Kantipath, a long street on the outskirts of Thamel, waiting for a bus to Pokhara. While standing there and looking around, I decided to experiment with high ISO settings and took a few street snapshots.

Before or after the earthquake, one thing didn’t change – power shortages lasting most of the day, every day. The streets of major Nepali cities are lit at night with car headlights and bonfires.

I’m now going to leave Kathmandu and the Bagmati region for a few weeks (but only 7 days in my 2014 Nepal time) to follow in my own footsteps around Pokhara Valley and then the Terai region. In other words, the parts of Nepal that were NOT destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and I did not visit them the second time in 2016.

Obsessed with chronology, I decided to upload this story based on the sequence of events during my first trip. But it does not mean I have finished uploading photos comparing pre and post earthquake views of Nepal. Contrary, the most interesting is yet to come, when I get back to the Kathmandu Valley, its more remote towns and villages and people most affected by the natural disaster who allowed me to share their modest lives and listen to their stories for a few days in February 2016.

In WS more photos showing Kantipath. I have no 2016 photos of this part of town. It didn’t really change after the earthquake.

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