Kathmandu – Am I Traveler or Photographer?

August 29, 2005

Kathmandu Tourist Bungallow 200 NRs
What??? No Nikon Service Center in whole Nepal??? And I have to go to India just to reach an authorized Nikon service.

My day suddenly turns darker. I only spent the whole day in the internet cafe searchng all possibilities of authorized camera repair service in kathmandu. But of no use. And if I go to India now, I will spend so much money to come back to Nepal after. And I havent seen anything of Nepal.

This day is a instropection day for me. Just because of not having any cameras working at this moment, I have spoilt my days. I am losing the spirit of travelling…, and I am not what I was some years ago. Indeed camera has made me closer to the environment, it helps me to make new friends, and of course it was part of the whole memory. But now I am too bounded by it, I felt that I am nothing without cameras, and I feel really really weak. I am disappointed by my condition now, I am really not a traveller, just merely a photographer (or not?)…

I believe I can recover soon. And the labyrinth-like Thamel alleys will be still in my memory, even it is not on my photos.

About Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. Agustinus started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed three years in Afghanistan until 2009. He is now a full-time writer and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Contact: Website | More Posts

2 Comments on Kathmandu – Am I Traveler or Photographer?

  1. Look at the good site, this give you a chance to see yourself. you said it, you are nor a traveler, you are a photographer now?!?!?! is that true? don’t loose track, as we discuss before, what do you do for living? take pictures? or travel?

  2. Adam Alexander Smith // September 5, 2005 at 9:37 pm // Reply

    I agree with Steven, Ming. Dont lose heart. I know from personal experience how it’s a real slam to have your camera stolen, lose precious photos, or not be able to take pictures of things you may never see again.

    But as you already said, memories are always with you. Nobody can take that away from you. You may not be able to share them visually with other people.

    But they will always be part of you. For me, whatever you do or wherever you go on your travels becomes “you” and how it changes you, is a living example of your experiences, for others to share in. That’s what i love about Travel. Travel only for yourself. It’s your freedom and time away. Try not to let a desire to show others the world, dictate what you do or where you go (that’s one of my mottoes). Now that you’re hoping to raise money from Photos, part of that is unavoidable. But it would be a shame to get down just because you cannot record experiences for others.


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