holmertz (42319) 2015-03-31 10:58:49I couldn't take a photo of the border any closer than this. The nearest building with the double roof is the Nepalese customs house. To the right of it you can see the "Friendship Bridge" and the Chinese customs and immigration buildings.
Looking at this area today on Google earth it seems that fairly sizable towns have been built on both sides of the border. In 1972 the area was almost empty. Now of course there is also a heavy traffic of goods and tourists going this way. Times have changed in 42 years.
tyro (20782) 2015-03-17 04:36:55Hello Gert,
I'm afraid that this is a very quick (and not very expert) attempt at ridding your photograph of that horrid white plastic plate! I simply used the clone tool, trying to "line up" the boards in the floor of the boat and then, because part of the boy's left foot was "missing", I tried to "copy" some grass over it from the other side of the boat. Not very well done, I'm afraid, but at least that white object no longer takes attention from the boy's face.
holmertz (42319) 2015-03-17 03:42:10It's a terrible photo, i know, but I show it just for fun. All kids in Benin who wanted to be photographed always stroke this kind of pose of Asian martial arts masters. I noted in my diary that "culture imperialism" didn't always come from the West.