The full Timilsina family mid 2008. Like my own, their father (centre) passed away from cancer a few months after this photo was taken. They took on many debts through his healthcare. Note Ama Tielu and eldest daughter (far right) wearing traditional red dress indicating their married status. Their eldest son (far left) has been workign abroad in Afghanistan & Iran for the last 5 years to financially support the family since.
We spend too many hours on this bike to and from the rural villages. The roads are as challenging as any i have ridden off roading. Deeply rutted, dusty cliff side paths and boulder river beds. Eyes nose and mouth are clogged daily. In general, like in many asian countries the roads are very dangerous compared to the western world. Already I was in a minor car smash last week (im totally fine!) and every other day I hear or see accidents involving scooter and cars. Yesterday our chain came off but thankfully not at speed. You can never be too careful checking over rented vehicles over!
It is harvest time in Nepal and these rice workers have travelled from western Nepal to work in the fields. They are paid little, sleeping above the cattle they had arrived with no blankets and few belongings. Here you can see the rice being spread out which is then fanned to separate the light dry husks from the grains. In the background the ox trample the left over rice grass to make it more palatable for the Buffalo which it will feed. The dry grass is then stored in large stacks.