Players at Qatar Total Open 2015
While I was waiting for the Tour of Qatar 2015 second stage to start, I was approached by few fishermen based in Al Wakrah Port. After greetings and some small talk, the idea of a photo essay for Instagram played with my imagination. I quickly took out my Xperia Z3 Compact, switched to B&W and started taking photos. All the images are as shot with the phone using the Camringo Lite app (which I strongly recommend) and with no edits.
After I spent just over a day in beautiful Chitwan, searching for people I got a history lesson from, I set off for another 150 km and too manny hours drive to Pokhara. With some godly protection carefully glued to the dashboard of the car, I ventured into a completely new landscape and the Himalayas started to take shape as the road was winding and curving.
The crazy truck drivers, seemingly omnipresent on Nepal’s roads, made me question if the holy figurine on the plastic dashboard of the new car, the driver was proudly steering along the curved two lanes road ,was having a real effect on our well being.
Already proud of my achievement – didn’t scream once during the manny hours of extreme adventure sitting on the passenger seat while on the highways of Nepal – I kicked my camera into gear and captured as much as I could from the life on the side of the road. (between breaks when car sickness symptoms were slightly overwhelming).
Before I knew it, the Himalayan landscape took over my senses. Another dream was just unfolding in front of my eyes and after years of trying to see these mountains, I was staring at the Annapurna range of the Himalayas with the Annapurna II peak (7937m) in the center of this majestic view.
I always believed that if you really want to experience a new country, you must do a road trip. So, during my recent trip to Nepal, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to hit the road.
Oblivious to the traffic and against the best advice of my friend Sachin, I decided to find somebody to drive me from Kathmandu to Chitwan (some 150 km). In my mind, this distance wasn’t supposed to keep us on the road for more than maximum 4 hours. I was proven wrong. The horrible traffic and road conditions stretched the time needed to more than 6 hours.
As I managed to get over the shock of getting out of Kathmandu, mainly cause by the desire of getting to my destination alive seeing all the trucks and busses speeding through the sharp turns and madly overtaking one another, I pointed my camera out the window at the side of the road in an attempt to capture something more.
This is a small selection of images taken from the car on the way to Chitwan.