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Sunrise at Surangkot, Nepal

  • Posted on: 30 March 2014
  • By: Sander

Surangkot sunrise above Pokhara, Nepal

The mythical Surangkot sunrise with views of Pokhara and the Himalayas (specifically Annapurna 2 and Fishtail).



At 5am I got up and met with my new friends Bobby and Gohar. We went to the top of Surangkot, bought a pot of coffee and shivered there with some strangers to await the sunrise. It had been raining for several days and was still overcast so we were a bit concerned, but as the sun rose the clouds rose with it revealing the sun over Pokhara as well as the Himalayas to our left. The moon was still visible above the third view, completing the circle. It was nothing short of magic. 

Himalayas at Sunrise from Surangkot, Pokhara, Nepal

 

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A year and a half after the earthquake in Haiti... Where's Waldo?

  • Posted on: 19 July 2011
  • By: Sander

 A year and a half after the earthquake in Haiti the tent cities are everywhere. The Cholera epidemic is worse than last year, and there is little construction to be seen. There are expensive white Range Rovers and Land Cruisers driving everywhere with the logos of every aid organization imaginable driving around at $5.00/gallon but what are they doing?

Haiti - Moving forward while looking back

  • Posted on: 4 March 2011
  • By: Sander

My mind has been on Haiti quite a bit lately.  I'm working on ideas for another trip there, figuring out a project I can do there with photography and some children, as well as creative ideas for funding that trip.  I'll keep the details to myself till they're a bit more solid, but I'll let it be the inspiration for today's piece.

What do I mean when I say moving forward while looking back?  Well moving forward is obvious - a lot of work needs to be done to put the pieces back together there and it's going to take a lot of effort from a lot of people.  First the earthquake, then cholera, brought in by people that were trying to help and now the political system in disarray (again).  We have to remember that the brunt of this responsibility lies with the Haitian people themselves, supported, encouraged and funded when necessary by people in a better place.  The idea that "we", the "developed" nations are going to "pull these poor people out of their misery" and "save" them belongs in another century and was founded out of a combination of missionary values and colonial guilt. But whoever does it, however it's done, it's clear that there's a lot of work ahead.  Not only do buildings need to be rebuilt, hope does as well.

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