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Downriver and upmarket

Exploring our backyard

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Distant rice terraces

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River which runs through the valley nearby

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Men playing a game of cards

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Bamboo is abundant in the area and has many uses including building houses, drainage systems, scaffolding and bridges

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Local shop

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Destination not known

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Thatched huts - I can't count the number of times I hit my head on the tops of the doors...

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Deepak and Mandeep

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Crossing the river

We came across a water-powered rice mill by the river, which seemed stuck in a time warp...

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Using the dehusking machine (which removes unwanted layers from the rice hence making it edible)

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Boy working in the mill on his smoke break (!)

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Back to the river...

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Having a look at a fishing contraption made with bamboo, whilst trying to keep my balance

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Seems like quite a good idea - seeing as the water is flowing the fish will just be carried into it

Onward...

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We came across this dwelling and were greeted and invited in by a friendly resident...

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Medieval denim

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He gave us a snack and some raksi (local rice wine). He came to affectionately be known as 'Mr potato man' - for obvious reasons...

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The bathroom was a little on the small side...

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I nearly took it with me trying to get out...

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A neighbour drying mustard oil (used for cooking)

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The effects of a recent earthquake

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Another neighbour showing me his catch from the nearby river

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Photogenic children

Market day in Fikkal

Market took place every Thursday. It was a good time to visit the town, there were many interesting (and shocking) sights and smells. People came from all over the Ilam district to sell their products...

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Fikkal town centre

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Man butchering a buffalo by the side of the road

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In a shoe shop with Deepak's friend Subash (middle) who worked there

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Happiness for sale

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Slaves to the system

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Afternoon snack

Posted by Neil1983 14:40

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