Antigua, Guatemala: Site of the Engineering World Health Winter Institute in 2015. The coming two weeks 15 engineering students from around the world are going to put broken medical equipment back into service to aid the Guatemalan health care system.
Getting to Guatemala was probably the longest flight of my life. The trip started in Copenhagen at 3:30, went through Amsterdam and Atlanta to finally reach Guatemala Airport at 8:30 in the evening. Once I arrived in Guatemala I had been on the way for 24 hours exactly.
Antigua is like a small and very romantic town. It could have in Spain apart from the fact that’s it’s surrounded by volcanos(!) Very cool. Have a look at the Gallery! It gives a quite nice impression of small and romantic Antigua.
On the way to the Central Park
The Central park #1
The Central park #2
The Central park #3
The Central park #4
The Church at the The Central park
The Central park #5
The Central park #6
In Antigua there’s a Volcano at the end of the street!
Guatemala Antigua Markets #1
Guatemala Antigua Markets #2
Guatemala Antigua Markets #3
Guatemala Antigua Markets #4
Football the end of edge of town in Atigua
Small local tourist market in Antigua
After a 14 hour walk we had finally arrived in Bhattechaur, the furthest village we would reach.
Before we would proceed to conduct our first health camp in the village, we went to an incredible view point from which we could see the Southern end of the Dhaulagiri mountain range, namely Sisne peak of 5911 metres, the highest point of Rukum.
This gallery contains photos of mountain side villages, the people of Bhattechaur and the mountain views. The gallery is one of my favourites; it really shows the true beauty of Nepal.
Village across the valley #1
Village across the valley #2
Local Rukum mountain side houses
Local kids playing around / working
Local kids working
Rukum village cows
Rukum village bhattechaur goat with huge ears
Local kid in Bhattechaur, Rukum, Nepal.
This boy was the first born son of the family we stayed at in Bhattechaur
Local kids in Rukum, Bhattechaur #1
Local kids in Rukum, Bhattechaur #2
Local kids in Rukum, Bhattechaur #3
Elderly woman, who was a bit intimidated about our camera. We showed her the picture afterwards and she was very happy with it.
Small crop storage shed
Small crop storage shed#2
Beautiful Rukum nature, birds
Beautiful Rukum nature, with our guide Mr. Bharat Sharma on the mountain side.
Dr. Saujan Shrestha on the mountain side
Drying crops on the roof top
Storing crops on the rooftop in mountain views
Storing crops and mountains
Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #1
Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #2
Carrying firewoods and crops. This traditional way of carrying heavy loads is seen everywhere in Nepal
Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) w. Dr. Justin Jung Malla
Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) with Mr Chandra Malla
Myself, Mr. Chandra Malla, Justin Jung Malla and Rajkumar Silwal relaxing at the viewpoint out side Bhattechaur
Myself, Mr. Chandra Malla, Justin Jung Malla and Rajkumar Silwal at the viewpoint out side Bhattechaur
The famous Himalayan Rhododendron Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri)
The famous Himalayan Rhododendron Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) , David Kovacs
The famous Himalayan Rhododendron Incredible Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri)
Dr Saujan Shrestha at the at the Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri), Sisne peak in the background
Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri)
Mr Rajkumar Silwal at the at the Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri), Sisne peak in the background
The Incredible Sisne, Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #1
The Incredible Sisne Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #2
The Incredible Sisne Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #3
The Incredible Sisne Peak Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri)
The Incredible Sisne Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #5
The Incredible Sisne Peak Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #6
The Incredible Sisne Peak Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #7
The Incredible Sisne Peak Rukum Mountain range (Dhaulagiri) #8
Musikot (in the same area as Jumlikhalanga and Salle Bajjar) is the administrative centre of Rukum. Dr. Justin of our team lived here while still a child, before moving to Kathmandu. During our visit we stayed at their beautiful traditional Nepali house, where Justins grandmother still lives.
During our stay we also met Mr. Chandra Bahadur Malla, a teacher from Rukumkot, who would be our guide on the way to Sisne and back the following 3 days.
Musikot, the administrative centre of Rukum, Dr. Saujan Shrestha
The land cruiser arriving in Musikot
Traditional Nepali house close-up #2.
A traditional Nepali house in the country. We would stay here for the night.
Dr Justin Jung Malla.
Left: Mr. Chandra Bahadur Malla, a teacher from Rukum, who would be our guide on the way to Sisne.
Father and kid, Musikot.
Evening view of Musikot.
We had dinner in this Kitchen in Rukumkot.
Getting ready for a meeting with the Local Development Officer in Muskot
How is Kathmandu? In October, it is beautiful. Lots of people, great weather, chaotic traffic, an endless number of small businesses and something is going on everywhere you look… This gallery should give a feel of it.
Kicha means crazy in Swahili: Climbing the Kilimanjaro was exhausting and amazing. I had so many pictures from that I have made a page for each day on the Kilimanjaro, however I have made a collection of my favorite photos here.
More photos organised by the day can be found through the page “Climbing Kilimanjaro… With mama“.
Reaching the Uhuru Peak of 5895 meters
Mama on the way down
And me on the way down
And flower on the way down
As the sun set it lit up the skies from below and turned everything red. We put on music and we were having a great time with the whole staff, listening to Dimmi, Promesses (the Obama song) – the speach that says:
“it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like or where you love…”
One of the guys told me he gets the chills everytime we listen to it. We agreed that we would listen to it every evening on the rest of the trek.
even this 76 year old german guy came by to have a look
the greatest sunset
The guys on the pictures include Agapit, Rashiti, Kalisti, Thomas, Calvin, Gofrey, Hilary.
People around here believe it is the gateway to hell…
Sure enough it’s an intimidating experience: Its in the middle of the night and just few meters away waves of lava are splashing into the mountain side spraying lava up into the horizon in front of us.
Located at 160m below see level the Danakil Depression is the lowest, hottest and most hostile place on earth. The vulcanically active areas found in this desert are surreal: they look like something from a different planet. Some friends I have shown these pictures thought they were manipulated. They are not.
The Danakil region is inhabited the Afar people and their salt miners go here to chop salt blocks from the flat grounds. Caravans go from Afar Salt Mines to Mekele, the nearest large town, where 5 kg blocks of salt are sold for 22 Ehtiopian Birr, the equivalent of just one American dollar.
In September (2014) I went to the Lava Lake at Ert Ale (smokey mountain). The following days we saw a salt lake, a sulphur lake, salt mountains, an oil lake and the salt miners of the Danakil.
By the Lava Lake on Ert Ale at midnight
The lava lake on top of this erupting volcano: wathing a volcano erupt “live”.
When We started climbing there was still a storm. Lightings were so frequent that one could easily get a picture
On the way down the Ert Ale after slepping on top of the mountain we had this sunrise
The salt lake in the Danakil Desert is incredible; on a wide stretch everything is completely white.
Sunset at Saltlake with my friend Birhan
The surface was entirely hard
The sulphur lake looks like something from a different planet. Everything is yellow, green, blue, red.
It was 34 degrees celsius at this time but it gets above 50 during the day in the hot season. At this time the whole area is active.
A closer view of the suphur crystals.
One could break off pieces of the salt mountain and eat it
Salt mountains – looks gothic.
The Oil Lake was about 60 degrees warm so you could put your hands in it and be surprise: it really is oil and not colored water. The consistency is litterally like oliveoil. I can’t recommend tasting it, it burns quite badly.
These salt miners work in 40-50 degrees to chop of 5 kg blocks of salt and sell them for 22 birr (1 dollar) a piece.
See more photos on the page for the Danakil Depression.
From ‘Maya ya Simba’ the rock where simba was born to baboons finishing off a Leopard, the wildlife in the Serengeti was so much more eventful than what I have seen in any other national park (Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara). We had three days in Serengeti, which allowed for a full day game drive followed by an early-morning game drive the next day. We were able to go to distant areas to see wildlife play out with no one but us being present.
Family of elephants trying to cool down in the serengeti heat
Maya ya Simba – the place used for inspiration for the place Simba and family lives in the Lion King
Sunset over the Serengeti from our camp