Travel ☼ Italy ☼ Models

Here is part two of our Italian road trip.  This time featuring Barbora and Veronika Žiláková – the talented, congenial, and delightful ladies who accompanied us along our journey.

Enjoy!

20.Aug.12 – Spello · Veronika Žiláková
20.Aug.11 – Assisi · Veronika Žiláková (cafe)
20.Aug.11 – Assisi · Barbora Žiláková (Basilica di Santa Chiara)
20.Aug.10 – Perugia · Barbora Žiláková (Via Cesare Battisti)
20.Aug.8 – Florence · Veronika Žiláková
20.Aug.7 – Ravenna · Veronika Žiláková
20.Aug.4 – Venice · Veronika Žiláková (fish market)
20.Aug.4 – Venice · Barbora Žiláková (fish market)
20.Aug.2 – Venice · Barbora Žiláková (Rialto Bridge)
20.Aug.8 – Florence · Veronika Žiláková

Travel ☼ Italy ☼ North East

This summer I accompanied my boys, Matias and Lucas, as well as Mati’s girlfriend, Barbora, and her sister Veronika on a ten-city roadshow across North-East Italy. Check out highlights of our journey through Venice, Padua, Ferrara, Bologna, Ravenna, Florence, Perugia, Assisi, and Spello. Enjoy!

20.Aug.1 – Venice · Gondolier (Ponte della Paglia)
20.Aug.2 – Venice · wolf
20.Aug.10 – Perugia · Spanish dreadlocks girl (Parco di Sant’Anna)
20.Aug.2 – Venice · canal
20.Aug.12 – Spello · street
20.Aug.12 – Perugia · street (Via Appia)
20.Aug.8 – Florence · Hiko Nagahama (Estatua de S. Antonino)
20.Aug.8 – Florence · artist
20.Aug.2 – Venice · Mathilda & friend (cafe)
20.Aug.2 – Venice · dock (fish market)
20.Aug.1 – Venice · Gondoliers (playing cards)
20.Aug.8 – Florence · Veronika, Barbora Žiláková, Gabriel, Lucas & Matias Dusil (Prenze, portrait)

Travel ☼ Concert ☼ Jesse Cook

Last week I had the privilege of being Jesse Cook‘s photographer at his concert in Lucerna Music Bar in Prague, Czech Republic.  He’s a fantastic contemporary Flamenco guitarist. Jesse Cook is a Canadian guitarist from Toronto, Ontario and a Juno Award winner. I’ve been a fan for over twenty years.

Enjoy the photos!

20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II)

20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II)

20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II)20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II) 20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II) 20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II) 20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II) 20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II)20.Feb.20 - Prague · Jesse Cook (Lucerna Concert, ac, gabrieldusil.com II)

Review • CZC.cz Return Policy Disaster

Red Flags

There comes a time in one’s life when it’s necessary to raise your voice and expose atrocious business practices.

After buying from Alza.cz for the past ten years, we decided to purchase a Seagate Exos X16 SAS hard drive from CZC.cz, valued at 12,878 Czech Kč (about 510 Euros). This was a savings of about €50 compared to Alza.cz and was one of our first purchases from CZC.cz, so it seemed like a good deal. When the unit arrived we mounted the drive into our server and it didn’t boot. The motherboard would not pass the BIOS POST process. We figured that one of two things were happening – either the SAS controller was no longer functional, or the drive itself was not working. Within 4 hours of picking up the unit, we returned it to CZC.cz explaining to the clerk and that we wanted a refund or a credit. The clerk explained that since the drive was purchased on the company we can’t return the item. He explained that they can only create a repair request and write on the form that we want a refund. Red flag #1: You Can’t Return Items when Purchased on a Company Account. Alza.cz always accepted our returns when they were not working. After a bit of arguing, we had no recourse but to follow their procedure.

Turns out that CZC.cz allows one month for responding to return requests and they waited till the very last day to give us their verdict: The unit is functional and that we should pick up the unit from their offices. NO REFUND! NO STORE CREDIT! Red flag #2: No phone call from CZC.cz, No courtesy call to explain their position. 

We returned in person to their offices and explained to the clerk that we can’t accept the unit because IT DOES NOT FUNCTION on our system. Certainly, the disk may be functional, but it is clear that our SAS controller is no longer functional. Therefore we can’t accept a disk that does not work. We asked again for a refund or credit but the CZC.cz representative explained that he can not help us – we need to call CZC.cz’s main office to resolve the issue. Red Flag #3: Attempting to resolve a customer service request results in the CZC.cz representative telling you that they can’t help you, and you need to call someone else!

RMA Dead End

Next was to call their Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) team and explained the whole story to them from scratch. The RMA representative explained that she can’t help us because the system says that we sent the item for repair, and not for a refund. We told her we weren’t allowed to register a return, and the form clearly states that we wanted a refund. She responded by saying, “well you signed for a repair!”

Red flag #4: Representative just reads what it says on their computer and completely ignores any logic or understanding of the customer’s issue. We asked to speak to her manager. She refused. We explained that we need a SATA drive, not a SAS drive. She didn’t care. We told her that CZC.cz still has the SAS drive and can sell it on their website. She didn’t care. We told her that we are willing to use store-credit to buy something else. She didn’t care. She said that the disk was unpackaged and therefore had been “used”. We told her that EVERY internal HDD is unpackaged – There is no retail box with any internal HDDs. All internal drives are just sent in anti-static bags and bubble wrap! She didn’t care.

This was by far the worst customer service experience we had in the past 30 years. CZC.cz is narrow-minded, with no regard for maintaining a high standard for customer services or business excellence.

CZC.cz’s Customer Satisfaction Failure

Our next recourse was to send a complaint letter through their website. One week later their response was, “If you make an order as a company (there is a VAT ID number, etc.), you can not return it in 14 days since picking up”, and “We only act legal.” Red Flag #5: Blame it on the law.

Here is the core issue, Ladies and Gentlemen: According to EU law, consumers are protected from returning their retail items within 14 days of purchase, without question. But business purchases do not enjoy that protection. If you buy an item on your company in error, or if the item does not work – legally you are SOL (aka. Shit-Out-of-Luck). Thankfully, not all companies blame the law when you try to return your purchases. CZC.cz’s behavior is in stark contrast to Alza.cz, who in ten years of buying IT equipment never presented such an excuse.

Lessons learned!

We tried to save €50 and lost €510.

You can often judge the quality of a company by how they treat their customers when trying to return an item. Our three-month experience with this retailer came to a bitter end. We advise any business to be wary of buying from CZC.cz.

If our story resonates, or you are a business who seeks to maintain high standards in customer satisfaction, please share our story, or leave a comment below.

In the meantime, we will swallow this loss, and learn from our mistake …

… And we’re sticking with Alza.cz.

Family • Photo Restoration • 64 • Dusil • 50th Anniversary of our Emigration

• Today commemorates the 50th anniversary of our family’s emigration from former Czechoslovakia. It would also have been my dad’s 77th birthday. On this day in 1969, over a year had passed following the Soviet Union and members of the Warsaw Pact‘s illegal occupation of Czechoslovakia. Our departure would have been immediately after the invasion, but with my mother being eight months pregnant, my parents felt it would be safer to leave a year later.

• Our departure was shrouded in tremendous secrecy, with only the most trusted members of our family and friends knowing our plans.  The local authorities could have found any minor excuse to prevent us from leaving the country. For this reason, I prefer to categorize our departure as an “escape”, even though we legally left the country with all the necessary paperwork.

• I want to thank my mother and father for their tremendous bravery and steadfast convictions in believing that we would have a better life in the West. Our departure may be the obvious choice in hindsight, but at the time, it could have been argued that there was no clear winner between the political doctrines of capitalism and communism. Two more decades were necessary to prove which was better. The collapse of the iron curtain and the end of the cold war at the end of the ’80s put a definitive stamp on that debate.

• When I was eight years old my father was driving me to our animal hospital where he worked as a veterinarian. During our drive, Taci decided to explain communism to me. I vividly remember him articulating the horrible regime from which we escaped, with a heavy heart. In these few minutes, he created a hypothetical analogy for my young mind to understand – “If Canada were to become a communist state, then our veterinary business and our house would be taken from us. In fact, every citizen in the country would not be allowed to own any business or property – the government would take ownership of everything.  Even at eight years old this resonated with me. More importantly, I recall the sadness in his heart, while explaining this to me, because he had to leave behind many friends and family who continued under the repressive and totalitarian communist regime.  As he took the final turn to the animal hospital he concluded by saying, “Unfortunately I will probably not live long enough to see the collapse of communism, but with any luck, maybe you will see it happen”.  Both came to pass.


If you are interested in other posts of our emigration you can find their links here:


62 – Košice · Vaclav, Robert, & Robert Sr. Dusil
68.Oct – Košice · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil
68.Oct – Košice · Iveta, Stefan, Valeria Kende, Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (back yard)
69.Oct – Paris · Sona, Roman & Gabriel Dusil (park)
69.Oct – Paris · Roman, Gabriel & Sona Dusil (park bench)
69.Aug – Košice · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Slavo’s back yard)
81.Jul.12 – Burlington · Cezar, Eva, Gabriel, Vlasta, Alica, Sona, Valeria, Roman & Erika Dusil (Ali’s birthday)
81.Dec.24 – Burlington · Roman, Gabriel, Vlasta, Sona, Alica, Nuri & Cezar Dusil (Christmas cousins)
88.Dec.24 – Burlington · Vlasta, Gabriel, Roman, Alica & Sona Dusil (Christmas)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Annika, Alica, Sona, Karin, Roman, Gabriel & Roland Dusil (wedding)

  • I love you, Mamička
  • I love you, Taci
  • I love you, Googičko
  • I love you, Pumprdlik
  • I love you, Trpaslik

Travel ☼ France ☼ Provence

19.Aug.11 – Fontaine de Vaucluse · artist (market)
19.Aug.14 – Callas · residence (street)
19.Aug.10 – Avignon · girl (street)

At the beginning of August, my boys and I traveled to Provence, France. I wanted them to experience this historical part of Europe. I had visited Valbonne in 2008 on a team-building business trip, and ever since then, I wanted to return to this region and spend some quality time to absorb the French culture and history. Our plan was at least one destination every day. Here was our itinerary:

19.Aug.6 – Nice · customers (street market)

19.Aug.12 – Gordes · nougat (street)

We launched our adventure from Nice, renting a car at the airport, and made our way to an Airbnb in the city center. The plan was to stay at a different apartment every three days so that we could cover as much as Provence as our time allowed. After Nice we drove to Marseille, then Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and finally Bargemon. Each location offered a unique perspective on Provence and the French Riviera.

19.Aug.4 – Nice · restaurant (street)
19.Aug.12 – Gordes · girl (street)
19.Aug.6 – Valbonne · coon (street)
19.Aug.7 – Marseille · L’Ombrière de Norman Foster (dock)
19.Aug.11 – L’Isle sur la Sorgue · grandmother (street)

On our way to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, we stopped at Avignon where we met artist, Mustafa Mramezani. Since my youth I wanted an artist to capture my caricature. What was intriguing to all three of us was to see which features he would choose to exaggerate. I was gifted by the opportunity to do this with my boys ❤ Here is Mustafa’s creation:

19.Aug.10 – Avignon · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (caricature sketch by Mostafa Mramezani)
19.Aug.12 – Gordes · Bollard chess pawn (street)
19.Aug.12 – Gordes · panorama

In hindsight, I enjoyed central Provence more than the coast. Both have their strengths, but the breathtaking ambiance of Biot, Gordes, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie were much more impressive and I recommend all of them as must-see destinations.

19.Aug.5 – Monaco · panorama

In particular, Monaco and Cannes weren’t as spectacular as anticipated. The showcase of expensive yachts, cars, and premium brands has never impressed me, but to-each-his-own. For traveler’s and photographers interested in an immersive cultural experience, I would recommend flying to Marseille as a base, since this is more central to the most captivating villages of Southern France.

19.Aug.15 – Comps on Artuby · Jean Paul (Av de Chamay)

19.Aug.6 – Biot · door knocker (market)
19.Aug.13 – Bargemon · residence (street)

• Travel

In case you missed my other travel posts, you can hyperlink to them here:

☼ Nepal ☼ Kathmandu
☼ Bhutan ☼ Thimphu & Paro
☼ Nepal ☼ Himalayas
☼ Morocco ☼ Marrakesh
☼ China ☼ Hong Kong
☼ France ☼ Provence


All photographs were shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV, using either a Canon 35mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens or a Canon 85mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens.


All photos above can be ordered as prints. Pricing and details can be found here.

Travel ☼ Morocco ☼ Marrakesh

18.Jun.6 – Marrakesh · Medina (spices)

Marrakesh was one of the best trips of my life, and a destination I will certainly revisit. The city is striking for many reasons – beautiful colors, the souk markets, and stunning restaurants.

18.Jun.9 – Marrakesh · Madina (souq)

The main issue I had was with the vendors. Around every corner was someone wanting to give you a guided tour, sell you overpriced goods, or establish a rapport in order to execute their scam to unsuspecting virgin tourist. Throughout my travels, I am hypersensitive to scams. In all the sixty-plus countries I have visited, Morocco was at an expert level.

Looking at a map was like having a fish-hook in your mouth. A local would walk in front of you for a while, pretending like they are taking you somewhere. Then demand money when you reach your destination.

18.Jun.8 – Telouet · panorama (highway)

Looking at a map on the edge of the souk will immediately prompt a “the souk is closed” from multiple loiterers along the streets. ” But I can take you on a tour of the tannery. They come down from the mountains just once a month and are closing in a few hours, so we don’t have much time”. Meaning that they want you to avoid the souk at all costs so that you don’t get an idea of the local pricing. Even when you say, “no thanks”, there is a chain of others waiting down the road to convince you otherwise – as if they are communicating by mobile to hook you on a second or third try. If successful they will take you to their private store to sell you the same item at ten to twenty times the cost.

Along the way, you’ll hear how the Berber‘s are the honorable vendors, and to not trust the Arab vendors. They go to great lengths to tell you that the Arabs have no integrity. My experience was quite the opposite. Romans used “barbarian” as a term to reference tribal non-Romans, of which the Berber’s were one of them.

18.Jun.6 – Marrakesh · Medina (cafe)

My impression is that the Berber’s don’t consider this a scam. If they convince a foreigner to pay for an item at Western prices, that’s business.

18.Jun.6 – Marrakesh · Medina (Jemaa el Fna)

Needless to say, nearly every vendor who spoke to me throughout my two-week stay had lied in one capacity or another. Typical inquiries began as, “Do you know where this place is located” with me pointing at the map, and the vendor saying, “That place is no longer there (or that it’s closed), but I can take you to a better place”, And they try to coax you to their store. I became allergic to the outright lies, and it served to prevent any dialog with the local culture. It’s quite sad because this mistrust does not help fuel tourism. But somehow it’s all worked out for thousands of years.

18.Jun.8 – Telouet · panorama (castle)

Regardless, if you managed to navigate past all these challenges, the souk, restaurants, and city ambiance is over-the-top. Often a narrow street lined with orange clay and sandy streets had an oasis of trees, fountains, and tranquility behind them.

• Travel

In case you missed my other travel posts, you can hyperlink to them here:

☼ Nepal ☼ Kathmandu
☼ Bhutan ☼ Thimphu & Paro
☼ Nepal ☼ Himalayas
☼ Morocco ☼ Marrakesh
☼ China ☼ Hong Kong
☼ France ☼ Provence


All photos above can be ordered as prints. Pricing and details can be found here.

Travel ☼ China ☼ Hong Kong

18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · crematorium (Man Mo Temple)

Here are photos from my Christmas adventure to Hong Kong. I had been there several times on business but never managed to properly explore the city. On this trip, I soaked up the culture and magistery of the city.

18.Dec.26 – Hong Kong · panorama (Peak)

Visiting various temples throughout the city was a humbling experience – an oasis of peace amongst the highrises of the busy city.

18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · incense (Wong Tai Sin Temple)
18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · worship man (Man Mo Temple)
18.Dec.28 – Hong Kong · worship (Po Lin Monastery)

On a Saturday morning, walking through the city, I came across this group of students in the middle of their stretching routine. I only managed to get this one photo before I was asked to not take any more.

18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · exercise (Polytechnic University)

I wasn’t going to leave Hong Kong without visiting one of my childhood heroes, Bruce Lee. His statue was on Hong Kong’s Promenade, at the Avenue of Stars. Unfortunately, during my visit, his statue was covered and the area was being renovated – Bummer. But on my way there I came across a wedding party and caught this great photo.

18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · street (wedding)

That morning, I set out with my camera for a solo walk through the industrial supplies region of Canton Street. This was my favorite shoot of my entire vacation.  Each storefront showcased a unique character and specialty. I even managed to pick up a few things at a fraction of the cost in Europe.

18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · industrial district (Canton Street)

 

18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · mill (Nan Lian Garden)

One of the cool aspects of Hong Kong is watching the locals relax after work. In many areas of the city, you see cardboard boxes laid out onto the sidewalks, with people eating, drinking and socializing. I caught this girl amusing herself while waiting for her parents.

18.Dec.26 – Hong Kong · street (baby box)
18.Dec.25 – Hong Kong · panorama (promenade)
18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · ram (Wong Tai Sin Temple)
18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · prayer flags (Man Mo Temple)
18.Dec.28 – Hong Kong · dragon pillar (Po Lin Monastery)

Capping off the trip was dinner at the Jumbo Restaurant, considered the “World’s largest floating restaurant”.  Several Jackie Chan movies were filmed there. The restaurant is on the expensive side but I would definitely recommend at least one a visit to experience its grandiose atmosphere.

18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · dragons (Jumbo Restuarant)
18.Dec.29 – Hong Kong · boat (Jumbo Restuarant)
18.Dec.27 – Hong Kong · incense (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

• Travel

In case you missed my other travel posts, you can hyperlink to them here:

☼ Nepal ☼ Kathmandu
☼ Bhutan ☼ Thimphu & Paro
☼ Nepal ☼ Himalayas
☼ Morocco ☼ Marrakesh
☼ China ☼ Hong Kong
☼ France ☼ Provence


All photographs were shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV, using either a Canon 35mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens or a Canon 85mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens.


All photos above can be ordered as prints. Pricing and details can be found here.

Travel ☼ Nepal ☼ Himalayas

19.Apr.17 – Ramechhap · girl (airport)

When visiting Nepal, a trek through the  Himalayan or Annapurna mountains is a must. The sixteen-day Everest Basecamp trek was not feasible within my timescales, so a more humble trek to Namche Bazaar seemed like a good compromise.

19.Apr.19 – Monjo · farmhouse (Basecamp Trek)

My trip was immediately compromised when Summit Air’s plane crashed two days before my departure. During take-off at Lukla airport, their plane veered off the runway onto a helipad, killing the pilot and two people standing on the helipad. This was actually the plane I was scheduled to take two days later from Kathmandu. So I was rerouted to Ramechhap instead, requiring a very bumpy five-hour bus ride through the night.

19.Apr.20 – Ghat · worship (Basecamp Trek)

Lukla’s reputation as the most dangerous airport in the world is not to be taken lightly. The runway is only 460m long, allowing only small fixed-wing short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) aircraft to land. At one end is a mountain face and a cliff face on the other. To make it just a little more difficult, the runway is on a 12° incline.

19.Apr.17 – Ramechhap · merchant man (airport)
19.Apr.20 – Ghat · village (Basecamp Trek)

With 25kg on my back, I set off for Phakding, my first stop. It’s supposed to be an easy trek, being mostly downhill, but my body wasn’t used to carrying such a payload. Having past 50 also doesn’t make it easier.

19.Apr.17 – Ghat · farmers (Basecamp Trek)

The second day was even more brutal. From Phakding to Namche Bazaar is a 900m net climb. But with the up and down trail, the total was probably double. The last three hours was a nonstop climb right up to Namche.

19.Apr.22 – Chitwan · children playing (Tharu village)

After returning from my four-day round trip from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, I was off to Chitwan for the tail end of my Himalayan adventure. I was fortunate to talk to the Tharu villagers, watch them play football, work the fields, and take care of their elephants.

19.Apr.22 – Chitwan · old man (Tharu village)
19.Apr.23 – Chitwan · boy (Tharu village)
19.Apr.23 – Chitwan · farmer (Tharu village)
19.Apr.19 – Monjo · hiking boots (Basecamp Trek)

• Travel

In case you missed my other travel posts, you can hyperlink to them here:

☼ Nepal ☼ Kathmandu
☼ Bhutan ☼ Thimphu & Paro
☼ Nepal ☼ Himalayas
☼ Morocco ☼ Marrakesh
☼ China ☼ Hong Kong
☼ France ☼ Provence


All photographs were shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV, using either a Canon 35mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens or a Canon 85mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens.


All photos above can be ordered as prints. Pricing and details can be found here.

Travel ☼ Bhutan ☼ Thimphu & Paro

19.Apr.14 – Thimphu · pilgrims (Dodey Drak Monastery)

As part of my three week trip to the Himalayas, I also spent four nights in Bhutan. This Shangri-La of Central-Asia is very different from Nepal on several fronts. Firstly, it costs 190 US$ to 280 US$ per day per person to enter the country (except for Indian citizens who are granted “freedom of movement”). These fees must be paid upfront, as a prerequisite to getting your entry visa. For this fee, you get a driver, guide (Sherpa), accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This serves to maintain Bhutan as a prestigious destination, compared to the more liberal approach of Nepal. Not everyone will be happy to be tethered to a guide for their entire journey, but you have the advantage of getting instant answers to all your questions.


19.Apr.15 – Paro · Prayer flag (Tiger’s Nest)

My trip was organized by Firefox Tours, who were great in educating me about the region, best times to travel, and sites to visit. They prepared a detailed itinerary before arriving, and allowed flexible changes with my guide, Nima Wangchuk Sherpa, as needed.


19.Apr.15 – Paro · rock balancing (Tiger’s Nest)

Nima had decades of experience, stories, and cultural insights to share with me.  He even led several exhibitions along the Snowman Trek, which is considered to be the most difficult in the world. While I struggled up several trekking paths during my stay, I don’t think I saw Nima sweat once. Ask for him by name if you want a humble and knowledgeable guide.


19.Apr.13 – Thimphu · model (Dodey Drak Monastery)

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an “official” invitation to visit Bhutan. Availability is based on flight limitations and the traveler’s willingness to pay the daily rate. This approach has restricted visitation to only 70 thousand in 2018, compared to over a million to Nepal each year.

19.Apr.15 – Paro · panorama (Tiger’s Nest)

Bhutan is a beautiful and spiritual country. The Tiger’s Nest (locally called Paro Taktsang) is a must-see destination. Fore-warning that it requires a 90-minute to two-hour hike to get there. For the lazy, out-of-shape, or aging, you can ride a donkey for half the journey. Consider the trek a pilgrimage of sorts – it’s worth the effort.

19.Apr.13 – Thimphu · monks (Dodey Drak Monastery)

By far the highlight of my trip was spending an evening at the Dodey Drak Monastery. This was a magical place. You feel its tranquility and harmony the moment you arrive. There are no roads to get there, so calculate a two-hour uphill trek through the mountains of Thimphu.

19.Apr.14 – Thimphu · monks (Dodey Drak Monastery)

This particular monetary housed 180 student monks. They wake every morning at 04:30 to begin prayers at 05:00. Breakfast isn’t until 07:00. Throughout the day they learn the philosophy and rituals of Buddha. In the afternoon they debate religion and philosophy.

19.Apr.13 – Thimphu · boy (Memorial Chorten)
19.Apr.12 – Thimphu · boy (street)

During my visit to the Dodey Drak Monastery, I was lucky enough to witness annual prayers that began the following morning, called Zhabdrung Kuchoe. This ceremony commemorates the anniversary of Bhutan’s great founder, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. He came to Bhutan in 1616 and is honored for the unification of their country.

19.Apr.14 – Thimphu · pilgrim girl (Dodey Drak Monastery)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside the temples, but I managed to get lots of photos of pilgrims arriving from Thimphu when leaving.

19.Apr.14 – Thimphu · panorama (Dodey Drak Monastery)

 


All photographs were shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV, using either a Canon 35mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens or a Canon 85mm EF F/1.4L USM Lens.


All photos above can be ordered as prints. Pricing and details can be found here.

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