Gadabout (noun) Origin: English | gad·about A person who travels often or to many different places for pleasure (and for me for work)!! 

For now it’s a gad-about for work.. but in the future, I hope to live through some of the same opportunities but only for pleasure!!!

A common gadabout who freely wanders over the landscape with wanton disregard. His days are spent picking up all the stray free words he can handle and squirreling them away for later use.
Subsequently, (days, months or years later) working by candlelight and hidden away in his dank, musty secluded lair, the rogue simply rearranges the collected words on yellowed bond with a sharpened quill ink pen fashioned from the tail feather of a bald-headed vulture.
Once finished, the dastardly cur audaciously attempts to sell those assembled pages for fleeting fame and profit.”

― Leopold Throckmorton

Bandh – Short views of another life

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa was Short.  What immediately came to mind for me regarding this theme was how easily our short term desires and our need for immediate gratification can have such long-term affects on our planet and and how big of a difference a short term action can make.

In Nepal, bandhs are very common. The word actually means to close or to hold a strike in protest and is usually used by political parties.  However, anyone in the society can declare a “bandh”.  Sometimes bandhs can become violent and they always cause a huge disruption in society because stores are expected to stay closed, public and private transport is expected to stop and for many years it was a tool of protest and civil disobedience.

Nowadays many people have complained about the bandhs because during these events violent clashes often break out, burglary and economic loss is the most common result rather than positive change.  Despite this, I’m a bit in favor of bandhs.  If only for the short-term effects they had on my morning and evening commute, the view of the mountains that I had for nearly the first time in the two months I have been in Nepal and for the general lack of stress one feels when nature is apparent around them.

I walk to and from work most every day.  Most days I need to wear a mask due to auto pollution and dust on the road. Not to mention my annoyance with walking due to the extremely disrespectful driving habits here.  I was also able to see the mountains that surround this city both in the morning and in the evening.  In November alone there were a total of 11 days of bandh.  That’s nearly half the month where transportation was to be shut down.  I was told that what we’ve been feeling for the month of November but especially for today, election day, was how it was over 15 years ago. It was just a glimpse but I could actually imagine what life might have been like not so long ago.

All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone.  Once again I wasn’t carrying my normal camera.

View with a bandh…

View without a bandh…

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

This is my first Phoneography Challenge and I will say it was a challenge but only in determining what exactly I considered my neighborhood.  I considered focusing only on my  very specific block but felt that I did as much, if not more, in the surrounding areas.  So, though I tried to keep it close to home, a few of the pictures are a quick metro stop away. For me it was an easy task to take the pictures, but trying to use the phone app for creating this blog was a bit beyond me.

So here you go, my “neighborhood”.