By Steve Richards
Is there a lovelier place to be than Kathmandu in January? The picture of the cool drink in the plentiful sunshine with UNESCO site Patan Durbar Square’s temples in the background speaks for itself, right?
We thought we would offer something light as we begin documenting the five-year anniversary of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake. There is unfortunately - though not unexpectedly - much on the opposite side of things to present as we shoot Piles of Bricks (Revisited). There are few tourists around right now. It’s a bit chilly with low 40’s at night and high 50’s during the day. The drink? Just an iced tea – regular iced tea – Nepali style. That our server dressed it up in such accoutrements demonstrates a bit of the spirit of the folks here five years after the mega-quakes killed thousands and destroyed untold thousands of buildings on April 25, 2015.
By Steve Richards
I just have to share.
Meet Aadesh, who if not the happiest Christian is certainly the biggest handful at this weekend's services at Golgotha Church in Kathmandu. Not convinced by the mischievous grin? Then check out the video of him when the music starts and the spirit hits him. Just click on his picture.
What am I doing here? Bobbie and I are back to move TheoEco's Nepal 2020 forward with documentary productions, assists to the National Theological College and other projects, and research on a variety of issues affecting Nepal, from earthquake rebuilding to fresh water. We are also editing our USA themed documentaries here.
Aadesh is the son of Amit Nepali, TheoEco's Nepali director as well as the editor and a producer of all our documentaries. That's Aadesh's sister and mother (and others) trying to keep him from creating too much commotion, but when the spirit moves you there's just only so much you can do.
We are just getting started here and plan to squeeze a few months of activities into a few weeks. As always, thanks for reading and all your support.