Travel theme: Tangle

Immediately upon seeing the challenge word that Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack selected for this week’s Travel Theme — Tangle — we thought of one of the first sights we saw in Nepal.  In 2011, when we journeyed with our group to that country to build houses for Habitat International, we stayed in the Thamel District in Kathmandu.  Naturally, we wanted to do some shopping in that teeming, crowded, exciting district.

Tangled wires in the Thamel District of Kathmandu, 2011

Tangled wires in the Thamel District of Kathmandu, 2011

But we were unprepared for what we saw tangled around poles on every street corner: wads and wads of wiring!  No wonder blackouts were common even then.

And there’s no telling what this scene is like today after the April 2015 earthquake.  Even more tangled, probably — and in more ways than one.

To get even more tangled up, click here to view all the postings for this week’s Travel theme: Tangle.  

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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17 Responses to Travel theme: Tangle

  1. annetbell says:

    LOL. . .. I have seen this so often in India!

  2. Always in third world countries and some first and second, I am amazed by the tangles of wires and can only wonder how fires are avoided. –Curt

  3. That is indeed a tangle. Good luck for the maintenance people!
    Nice entry 🙂

  4. jmcguin7 says:

    We saw lots of wiring like this in Cambodia!!

  5. And, we think our electrical infrastructure could be improved? 🙂

    • Judy, you’re doing the same thing I did — comparing notes on the two countries. But no matter how bad we think we have it, someone else is worse off. Thanks for commenting. Best wishes for a good week ahead.

  6. Sue says:

    Oh my goodness! Mind you, Cuba was similar….

  7. Crazy, it’s interesting how uptight we are all.

  8. Growing up in America, where we are very careful about wiring, seeing that total tangle of wires from Nepal was a shocker! I sometimes forget how different America is from so many areas of the world.

    • Carol, you are so right. Our country is very different from so many third world countries. We take for granted so many things. And travel helps us connect cultures, impressions, realities, etc. Thanks for commenting.

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