Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thamel and Monkeys and Kathmandu Durbar Square

Here are a few pictures and a video from our first few days.

Aqui estan algunas fotos y video de nuestros primeros dias en Kathmandu.

A busy street in Thamel (tourist central).

Omar at Pashupatinath with his friends posing behind him.
Omar en Pashupatinath con sus amigos posando atras de el.

Omar took this video of the action in Kathmandu Durbar Square from the steps of one of the temples.

Omar tomo esta video de Kathmandu Durbar Square desde uno de los templos.


On Monday we went out to Godavari where I lived as a volunteer. We arrived at the end of the day during a football tournament semifinal. The school is much bigger now with almost 900 students. Only a handful of teachers are still there from when I was teaching, but they all remembered me and were happy to meet Omar. Two of my former students are 'volunteers' back at the school and it was fun to chat with them. Here are a few pics, we will definately spend some time there when we return from trekking. We head out tomorrow for Besisahar and the start of the Annapurna trek.

Lunes fuimos a Godavari donde Amy vivo como voluntaria. Aqui estan algunas fotos de la escuela donde Amy ensenio.

Listos para salir maniana para escalar la montania llamada Annapurna circuit. Probablamente no vamos a tener acceso a internet en viente dias.

Amy and Omar at St. Xavier's Godavari.

Amy y Omar en St. Xavier's Godavari.

Amy and Laxman dai, a teacher at the school and good friend in front of the Jesuit Residence in the school compound.
Amy y Laxman dai, un maestro del la escuela y buen amigo en frente de la residencia Jesuita dentro de escuela.

More school buildings.
Mas edificios de la escuela.

Omar outside Amy's old house.
Omar afuera de la antigua casa de Amy.

A new school building (school hall with classrooms underneath).
Un nuevo edificio para salones de clases.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dia 1 y 2 en Kathmandu

Here are some pictures from our first few days in Nepal--enjoying our beautiful hotel and some of the famous sites!

Boudnath Stupa, a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu. Many monks and Tibetans come here daily for prayers.

Boudnath Stupa, un templo Budista en Kathmandu. Muchos monjes y Tibetanos viened aqui diaramente a resar.

Omar enjoying his first momos in Nepal.
Disfrutando nuestros momos en Nepal.

Amy with our first dinner in Nepal in front of us. A nice view of Thamel from the rooftop restuarant.
Amy en nuestra primer cena en Nepal.
View of the Pashupatinath temple complex. Pashupatinath (far right temple in picture) is the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal. Along the banks of the Bagmati river bank you can see several funeral ghats burning.

Vista del templo de Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath (templo de atras del lado derecho) es el mas agrado de todo los temples Hindus en Nepal. A lo largo de los bancos del Rio Bagmati se pueden ver como se esta cremando al los personas a plena luz.
View from the backseat of taxi.

Vista desde el taxi. Aqui en Kathmandu he tenido el dolor mas fuerte de mi quijada porque pase apretando mis dientes por la manera en que manejan TODOS.

More temples and people making offerings and prayers to the Black Bairab deity.

Mas templos y el templo de Black Bairab. La gente les rinde culto durante todo el dia. Los dioses Hindus tienen diferentes formas.
Amy & Omar in front of one of the temples.

Amy y Omar en frente de uno de los templos a los dioses.
Kathmandu Durbar (Palace - a former one) Square with many temples and pigeons.

Kathmandu Durbar (antiguo Palacio) Plaza con muchos templos y palomas.

The view of the patio from the breakfast room.

Vista del patio del hotel de donde estamos desyunando.
The Hotel Courtyard in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. A beautiful Newari style building with a quiet garden in front.

Hotel el Patio de Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. Un estilo arquitectonico bonito con un jardin placido.

Amy at the huge Bangkok International Airport, Omar was admiring the architecture.

Amy en el enorme Aeropuerto de Bangkok.

Saying goodbye at BWI airport (L-R) Joshua, Sarah with Matthew, Tony/Dad, Amy & Mom/Beth.

Diciendo adios al los Johnsons en el aeropuerto de Baltimore.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Adventure Begins!

We tied the knot on Saturday and head off on Thursday for our Nepal-Southeast Asia adventure. We hope you'll join us as we post updates and pictures.