domingo, 31 de maio de 2009


 buddah bar peer pressure! charley and me having a laugh!, he just spat on robb! :)


namasteee! a good day to all of you out there! this world, this life, its a song. you can sing out of tune, and you can hit the notes just right, what matters is that you smile while you do it. learn it always a bit better, so that at the end, you can sing it all over again! 

2 musketeers, world guy, world girl, and a pirate that atracts only nepali guys! 
awesome night! 

segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2009

playing footsey with the tibetan border

namaste! bonjour, hello, buon guiorno, hallo, ola, and all of that! :)
yesterday i arrived from my little trip to Tibet! haha
Joel and i decided to get on a bus and go to the tibetan border! its a 6 hour journey, but we did acouple of stops, went to dulikhel, and tatopani.
in dulikhel we were in a beautiful spot on a top of a hill. and woke up at 5 am to see the mountains, which allthough were in the mist, were beautiful!
we left to tatopani, supposed to go to the hot springs.. ok, now whats the image you get when you read hot springs? think abit... ok, now ill tell you their idea of it..
go down some steps, and then you have a concrete little house, and its open on one side, divided in two, gents and ladies, and then, shower heads. with people having full on, soap showers! ok!!!!
so we decided to pass that, and make a move on to the next bus roof top! uh, these roads are freakshley scary! we were like, were on our way to tibet!!
we arrived in codari, right next to tibet! we were probably the only foreigners there.. people were not very pleased with our presence. the looked at us in a very unwelcome way and just stared, and Nepalis do love their staring!
by then, the only thing separating us from tibetan land, was a huge river!! ..and a massive gate..and a bridge... and a monster pile of shit, and garbage.. and some guys ready to kick our ass if we try anything suspicious!! haha
they don't allow anyone in Tibet.. there are a bunch of restrictions and it involves a ton of money!! so Joel and i woke up, and walked up to the big gate. people were going in and out with bags and merchandise on their backs.. everything was wet, including us, monsoon has started, so its raining non stop by this time. everything is muddy and very dirty. so basically we just went through these gates without a blink from anyone, and crossed all of these massive trucks and merchandise vans, and right there, behind all of that chaos, where it would occur to no one.. there was the bridge. the bridge linking Nepal to Tibet. the bridge, that without politics and cultural discrimination and immigration issues in the way, we could have just walked through.. step on a land that is equal to all other lands..
instead, i took my camera out to take a picture of the river, beautiful enormous river, and wasn't aloud.
i wasn't aloud to take a picture of natures gift.. its no ones property. yet i couldn't do it. it makes you think..
we walked towards the middle of the bridge.. were on each side of the bridge, stand to soldiers under a multy colourful umbrella. there is a line that divides the two countries.. its a thick red line with a thin white line on each side of it, and it runs across the length of the bridge. although we were pretty intimidated by the cold Chinese looks, we asked if a picture of the line was permitted. more obvious than not, they gestured with a no. we stood on our side of the line.. just staring at this virtual brick wall.. and as we talked, just discretely put our foot over, and round again..! :) ive physically been in Tibet! we did it, walked away, passed the tons of trucks, the little river smelling of fish, went by the mean looking nepalis, and got on a bus to Kathmandu! :)
we smiled to ourselves, that was so worth it!
when i arrived, i heard about the bomb in patan, near Kathmandu. thankfully i had no idea, and am ok! everyone ive been around with, is ok as well!

i have been asked by Katrina corps in new Orleans to come help them!
im still waiting to know further details though..

samy is going to San Fransisco in a couple of weeks with her friend Robby, and then is probably going solo somewhere in the south! im so excited for you samy! :)

i send big tight hugs to my lovely and sweet grand meres! they are amongst the strongest women i know. and i admire them. i hope they know that friendship is one of the most important things in this world. i miss you both. see you soon*

my family of friends has gotten a bee hive! wohoo! bees on the rise
power to the worlds greatest folks, whom i care very deeply for: orlando, leo, rod, lourenco, shani, joana, sammy, raul, sarmento,adry, anita, sara, jonas, aninhas and all of you that i might have not mentioned!(sien too!)
i miss you guys a lot!

smiles to plompi compota!! big big smiles to my friend that i love dearly. always by my side! kiki.. miss toi

sarita e pardalini, who are true sunshines! its a brick friendship! 

a big shout out to my old friends, lho, ivi, pedro and pedro moranguini, you come and go, you mean alot to me and after what we've been through together, i expect many more years of sillyness with your sweet company*

mamush and papush, i coudlnt ask to have any two better people in my life.. i love you, respect you, admire you, miss you, and am forever thankful to you. thank you for being who you are, where you are, when you are.

a warm namaste to the whole world. i love you all. jessy

joel and robb, the funniest people alive! having a laugh with bryan, the man from the sky!
that is the pile of trash i mentioned before.. right behind those trucks, is tibet..wonderful impression
local lady in thamel, picking up the trash in vain.. unlikely to make much of a difference..
this is what i mean..they actually have no dustbins..
joel at the morning rise.. in dulikhel. beautiful isnt it?
kids near the view.. playing football and meaning it as well! money was involved! :) they were so excited
young boy and young catty, in construction.. hard work.. thats what they do all day.. carry bricks, over their heads..!
field working on the way to tatopani

this is quite sweet and LOvely:) local ice lolly stand!

just outside of thamel.. soldeirs do their routine stand outside the big walls.
i suppose ive seen more lively kids.. it depends alot on the areas i go to..

now.. a cup of tea for ferrucio..
the lovely man that i remember. the man who had lengthy conversations with plants and bugs.

see you soon*

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2009

so where did i drop you off...? ah trekking!
ive been traveling alone again, but out here its hard to actually be alone! you always have some traveler or local to chat with, and probably spend a good amount of time discovering different cultures!
there are a lot of Israeli travelers, a lot of English as well, but ive met people from all over the world!
i spent some time in a Tibetan refugee camp, i asked them if i needed to pay if i wanted to stay a couple of days and help out. the monk said if i wanted to leave a donation i could but no money was required.. its really silent up there and its quite lonesome. their English is a bit limited, so its hard to communicate sometimes..
i was meant to go to Ghorka yesterday, i booked my bus ticket, and was ready to go to bed, when i go by the hot sandwich place, and spot Joel, from England, which i met through Robb. i stopped to chat , and he said he had a really nice day, because him and some people had rented motorbikes! (out here you don't need a license and they dont ask for any documentation) and he said that they were going to do it again the next day, and that i should join them! (after i went to chitwan on a bike this made me very tempted!!) so, on the spare of the moment, i canceled my bus ticket, and the next day, rented a scooter, along with Joel, Ash, from Georgia, Michelle, and Adam from England, and Charley from England and japan! we all had breakfast and spent the day just riding around mountains and lakes!. we stopped at this beautiful place, picked up little row boats, and went for a swim in this amazing lake! my bike was crap and it was falling apart half the time! :P we entered a bumpy road, which is basically stones, we soon realized it would ruin the bikes, so we turned around, and of course i got a flat tire, which later i discovered was caused by a huge nail! ash and Charley went to look for a mechanic, while the rest of us just sat in the shade! :)
a couple of minutes sitting on the grass and some girls were peaking at us, and giggling and waving at Joel. i asked if they wanted a picture, to which they were so excited, they called me over to their side, and invited me into their home..! they were so smiley and happy*
the guys came back with a mechanic, and as he was sorting things out, a surreal ice cream truck showed up out of the durt road, in the middle of nowhere! so, we, obviously stopped them, and got a tub of vanilla and a tub of chocolate ice cream!! oh cold and yummy
while my bike was being fixed i was left with a load of locals, and my camera! what to do? they looove pictures! im sorry ma!! haha i just LOVED riding a scooter!! it felt so free and it was so much fun riding within cows!!
today we were supposed to go to Kathmandu but we missed the bus, so we go tomorrow on a 6 hour bus ride! ahhhhhh
a big hug to all! hope all my letters and postcards are getting there.. i know it might take a while..! lots of love, and many smiles to all! jessirela*

hope everything is bright and shiney at your end of the world!

i love this shot, you can just tell hes a trouble maker!

uh!! icecream truck! :)

Ash with a happy smile and tubs of ice cream!
Joel, Michelle and Adam, sitting in a nice shade! thats my bike at the way back scenery!

one of the sisters that invited me into her home!
she was even more beautiful in person!
precious kids.. funny and alive! little chekky munchkins!

yehee! jessy on her master scooter! say dallbhat!

im serious...! they acctualy have products to make skin lighter, to like, bleach their skin! products that actually sell alot!!! isnt it crazy?

oh look at him.. he makes my hurt weak. [tibetan refugee camp.]
prayer book [tibetan refugee camp]

lake in pokhara. after sunset

waiting for time to go by :)

their humble home.. oh the laughs!!

Adam diving in the most amazing lake!!

hello there Joel! british head wrap!

i have one of these without the kid on the side, but its so discrete and i just love that smile!

im amazed at how beautiful these kids are !
Namaste everyone! :)

sábado, 16 de maio de 2009

humanity is the only religion and love the only priest.. -kimche,

hey guys! im so happy when i read your comments! you make me smile..
oh..! where do i start? ive just had the most amazing days! i went trekking on the poon hill circuit up in the annapurna mountain.
as the day starts, i know im going to have to walk about 7 hours up that's a booster!
it began in a small village with my backpack and a full bottle of water, oh and my camera!
its quite funny trying to talk to the local villagers.. the intent is there, but you end up just exchanging a mix of signs and facial expressions!

its such an amazing culture, im always so mesmerized. i was about to leave the village when i see a little girl.. i felt like i should stop and so i did with a namaste.. she tugged at her ears, and her grandma called me.. i took a look and she had a gnarly infection behind her ears.. i took out my little kit, cleaned her hands, her face, her ears, and put some arnica where i could.. i ended up putting a plaster as well. but there is really so much could do.. i fell like, i was lucky i stopped.. they have no real communication with people that can help, there is a great language barrier, and they have no medical care up there.. which they are in dire need of. every year people loose their homes, crops and family members to the monsoons, due to the unstable ground and big landslides. people are greatly injured and they will go on months without medical care. because it is an area with hard access, to keep their vegetables, they pick them in mass, and them smash the juices out, and dry up the bunch.

about to cross the river, there was a group of people sitting, it was a cremation ceremony.. the body was ready, they just needed to collect the last bits of wood. women where aloud to assist, but in many villages, women are considered having weak hearts because they cry, and for this reason they are banned from the ceremony.
as the journey went on, we went by, a school, saw wild orchids, saw beautiful fountains, saw loads of goats, carrier donkeys, loads of wild marijuana plants and a wedding ceremony! they have a 24 hour long party and the next day the wedding takes place.
after 3000 steps and torturous climbing, we get to the days end..Uleri a nice little guest house on the hills side. the room, was a little cardboard box! haha unstable floor, amazing view! the next day, another 6 hours to go, ended up meeting Bret and Michael. which were realy cool,even though their from california :) Bret is a motivational speaker (im not sure what you call it) and Michael is 22 and lived in china for 6 months, ending up learning how to speak and write fluent Chinese! its an amazing accomplishment! it was so nice meeting them, time went by really well with all the conversations and laughing sessions. we got to the end of the 2nd day! yey were alive!
we had dinner, and then the most surreal evening! picture this: a handful of crazy trekkers, up on a small hut in the middle of the mountains, with a bunch of nepali people and suddenly, hotel California comes up, and macarena after that, and Michael Jackson, and Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez and everyone just gets up and starts dancing! including peter, 55, Robbin, 60 and mike 64! they have been trekking for 2 weeks and are still going at it! so that was a hilarious night, that ended with me, up and cozy in a nice warm bed in a hut bellow beautiful mountains!
the next day, once again, everyone goes at their own pace. i talk and take pictures, some just walk, some get tired and need brakes.. i climbed this silent hill at maybe 7 in the morning, and arrived a the top and its covered in mist. it was a beautiful and peaceful place. with Tibetan praying flags. i ended up meeting a dozen more people, danish girls, dutch guy, Pascal, Australian girl, Russian girl who was about to get married, Israeli guy, and french girls( Camille and Margot, i remember!! )
the view up in tadapani is breathtaking, and although its quite literally freezing up there, you kind of never want to leave! my hands started pealing and wrinkling the day i started trekking.. like id been in water for hours..
i was a bit disappointed on the last day.. i encountered a lot of kids, and they all asked me for chocolates and sweets, which i didn't have..
so i went by one kid, he must have been about 2 or 3 years old.. and the same happened here, sweets? chocolate? i turned to him.. hoina, mafganus, (i dont have.. sorry) and wanted to move on, and as im about to turn, he picks up a stone! i looked at him.. "are you kidding? really? your agoing to through me at stone? let me get his straight.. i have no sweets so you want to through me a stone? i cant give you anything so get on with your life.." he kept threatening me! i felt ridiculous having a conversation like this, with a 2 year old Nepali in the middle of the mountains.. but yes, as i turned my back to him.. he through the stone..
i guess i cant really blame him. but i was saddened by this.
the last day was painful.. its not the going up bit that hurts, its when you start going down.. my muscles are a big pile of mush! im in pain, because the whole 7hours your legs are supporting your body in order to stop you from falling!

i was reading a magazine this morning and read a couple articles on really impressive people , i wrote some of their names down in my journal, so i want to share them with you guys!
Paul kagame- ended the slaughter caused by the genocide and ended the mass corruption in Rwanda.he was elected Rwandas president in 2000.

somaly man- born around the same time as the Khmer rouge regime was born. at the age of 12 she was sold to sexual slavery, and ended up in a brothel for 10 years, before she managed to escape with the help of an aid worker. she fled Cambodia in 1993. in 1996 she created the AFESIP ( agir pour le femmes en situation precaire) shes helped 4000 women escape brothels and reintegrate them in the society.

Jon Favreau, is 27 and is the person that helps Obamas write his long speeches. his his private speech witter. those speeches that chill so many peoples souls, that move and shake countrys around the world, are written with Obamas input, but the magical words are formed by this one guy behinds scenes.

Barbara Hogan, is 57, she actively resisted apartheid and organized boycotts. for this she spent 8 years of brutal incarceration in Pretoria central prison. she was then released and appointed minister of health.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is African 1st female president, being such a great inspiration to so many people. like Wangary Maathai, the book im reading is on her, and she was the 1st black woman to win the Nobel prize. shes also an environmentalist and women rights defender.

morning time! wow, croissant and milk tea!

'hello Poppe't! thats one of the little huts! it was freezing!

this is the cremation ceremony.. its not very clear, but maybe you can click on it..

the beautiful fish tail mountain.. its is considered the holly mountain, actually i was told its the holiest mountain on earth.. no one is aloud to climb it.. isnt it beautiful
the little girls ears..
trekkers leave little surprises on the way:) and nature is interested. there are loads of lady birds here!
oh the great trekkers, Robbert,60, Mike, 64 and peter, 55! they were hilarious!
the cobra plant! its a beautiful orchid that was all around the mountains!
the misty hill.. it was so stunning, i didnt have any words. thats Bret, 2 locals and Michael.
i love this picture! its so clear, and she was so still and helpful! :)
Bainey (little sister)and Day(older brother) i gave them some cookies, oh the bliss!
Anapurna... the energy there was amazing! check out the little Alladin curley cloud on the left bottom corner!
venga boys perhaps? :) a guide on my right, and micahel behind me with his dopeness hat, but there were so many more dancers!
veggie dry up preparation!

little girl took that finger right out of her mouth and shoved it on my lens! smudged the camera and giggled of!!
i cant begin to tell you how amazing that horse in the middle of the field was! i was alone, so i took out my remote and took my first self portrait! take a look at the rainbow! :)
women here, as i have said many times before, have such a spirit and are such hard workers.. their hands are the mirror of how much they work..

little hut at night.. cozy double blanket bed.
shes like a little bug isnt she? wide eyes, and big smiles after that.

im ever so proud of this picture, because he wanst actually smiling at all, and when i was finished, i kept my camera up, and hoped that as he moved forward he would give me something, and he did give me a little eye smile.

remember her so well, and that orange door and wall.. she was sad looking

oh!! baby goats, just jumping up and down! our theory is that they are all doped up from all the weed they eat!

the rain season started, soon the monsoons arrive! it just stopped raining! that's my cue*
big hugs to all, jessirela didi bainey