For me, one of the first and most exciting moments upon arrival to a new country is catching glimpses of the people, the architecture and the vibe of the destination from the taxi from the aeroport. I remember arriving for the first time in NYC and being entranced by the wasteland of overgrown weeds, rubbish, endless highways and construction, and high-rise tenements. (What can I say? I’ve always loved the gritty side of that city.)
Arriving in Nepal in and of itself is exciting enough. Even the name of the capital — Kathmandu — breathes exoticism and excitement. Throughout my recent trip to Nepal with Coca-Cola, I loved aiming my lens out the window and capturing the colour and the energy thrumming around me.
Why I was in Nepal
I went to Nepal with Coca-Cola on a #NepalNow project, seeing how the company supports women with its #5by20 project, which trains women entrepreneurs in its supply chain, and how it is helping rebuild after the 2015 earthquake by working with youth-oriented NGOs. Find out more about why I went and what it was all about here. (Coca-Cola sponsored my travel, accommodations and other expenses in Nepal. All opinions are our own.)
Out of the window
You’ll be driving down a road and suddenly will see a vibrant flash of colour — a fuchsia saree or a stand with fruit and bright orange flower garlands. The scooters and motorbikes crowd around, traffic pushing in, winding in and out, beeping. They say getting there is half the fun. In Nepal, it’s also chaotic and beautiful and a riot of experiences, all happening just on the other side of the glass.
Here, a look at Kathmandu and Nepal, from the passenger seat.