Photographer's Note

Normally, if this were a regular landscape image, I would crop the bottom, with the unsightly corrugated iron shack, off. But, these days, those makeshift huts form an integral part of the scenery of this part of the Himalaya.

When I travelled in Nepal in 2014, Nagarkot was the smallest town I visited. The locals lived in tiny houses without mod cons. In the evening you would see them sitting by a bonfire like in this image from Terai. In the morning, they would be out again, cleaning their teeth in their “al fresco bathrooms”. It was obvious there was no running water or heating in those homes.

In 2016, having tasted the life in the surrounding villages, Nagarkot appeared to me like some kind of metropolis. As all the other places in the Kathmandu Valley, it had suffered frame earthquake damage. Some of the poor little houses had collapsed and had been replaced with huts like the one in this photo (see a close up of it and more info on local life in WS).

But none of Nagarkot hotels seemed as much as shaken. Do you remember what I said about solid earthquake-proof buildings constructed with concrete and metal rods? I’ve posted a view showing Nagarkot and its hotels here.

So, after the trek, we were, once again, enjoying the (simple but still) luxuries of tourist accommodation. I had my own room with en suite bathroom (no hot water but who cares really…), no (obviously visible) rats. When I washed my hands, first time since leaving Bhaktapur, dirty drops fell from my hands onto the shining white surface of the washbasin, like small black pearls. I will remember that moment forever.

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