Nepal has both surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Nepal has a simple, unassuming elegance. But, don’t get me wrong. Nepal can quickly humble you and “put you in your place.” The heat can be unforgiving. The mosquitoes attack and bite with a vengeance. And the traffic…well cross at your own risk!! Did I mention the cold showers? Oy vey.
Conversely, Nepal gives you gifts when you least expect them. Whether it’s the ornate centuries old carvings above a door, the heart felt “Namaste” from a stranger or the gut busting laugh of my dye. They are all gifts that nourish your spirit and feed your soul.
One of my fondest memories of Nepal will be the second day of my homestay. I was certain from the program house, it was a right, another right and then a third right to get home. It was not!!! After about 30 minutes, I accepted that I was lost. And Dan being Dan, I didn’t bring my contact numbers with me. I finally stopped at a corner cell phone shop and presented a picture of my Didi and Dye and said “do you know them?” The clerk smiled. After happily making two quick phone calls, my Dai (brother) arrived to meet me.
Then took the other as just as far,
And having perhaps the better claims,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same….
Nepal, you had me at hello