This project is about the importance of ‘habitat’. I’ve traveled through “far east” Asia, the Philippines and Nepal. I’ve been most inspired by the way the countries make me feel. The acceptance, old ancient traditions and religions.
In Nepal I’ve met many Tibetans that fled, suppressed Tibet, to live a more free live. They’re always incredibly beautiful and have this calm happiness around them. Their eyes are glowing with a spark that is hard to describe, but if you look in these eyes, you immediately feel so much wisdom, respect, trust and acceptance.
That’s why I went to the upper Mustang mountains, where Tibetans live freely in their ancient way. The walk up took us 5 days of 7 hours walking. We slept in tea/guest houses that we found in the small villages on our way to Lo Manthang. They’re all still remote, but times are chancing since they build roads that could take you from Jomson to the boarder of Tibet/China all the way through the Himalaya’s.
In wintertime the weather is unpredictable and you can be caught by a blizzard anytime. That’s why a lot of people from the small villages now go down to either Pokhara or Kathmandu to stay with family for these times of the year.
When I woke up my third day in Lo Manthang, the world was white and snow was still falling. It was beautiful to see this landscape covered in a white blanket, but inside I felt an anxious feeling. Like I was trapped in these mountains now with no way out and no contact with “the world”. ‘Gurl, this IS ‘the world’. But I couldn’t help to feel far, far away. It’s logic actually, how much I love remote places, I grew up in a place everything but remote. I’m still learning to understand these kinds of worlds.
But by this time I understood. When I saw the family of my guesthouse, the women was dressed in a beautiful Tibetan scarf around her waist and wearing a North Face windjacket on top, she was making pizza without an oven. They “improvised” life. Because we’d like to be able to get pizza in the middle of nowhere. It was sort of a wrap, with a lot of vegetables, cooked in a pan on top of a pan in which water was boiling. It’s so interesting to see these ways of making things possible. A combination of the modern and the ancient world.
I realised everything is merging. We shouldn’t be afraid of losing these “ancient” ways of living, but be aware, aware that we won’t be losing this more than inspiring ancient world. And let it merge, in a good way.
The whole world should be talking about the old learnings, don’t forget the beautiful stories they tell. Philosophy together.