I got to take a trip of a lifetime to visit a client and create something spectacular for her. She has lived in a Nepal for a while now and wanted a travel book to remember it. This is Part 1 of 2.
Sometimes in this life, you need to step out of what is comfortable to be able to really appreciate it.
4 flights. 22 hours in the air. Half way around the world. Nepal.
Kathmandu – A valley nestled by the Himalayas and Nepal’s capital… and where I spent the first part of my trip.
A city filled with pollution, poverty and deprivation. A city filled with people who work hard to survive – and survive on their faith.
The people of Nepal learn to live without what so many of us feel are necessities and not what they are, privileges.
Power is inconsistent at best. The luxuries that electricity provide don’t really exist. What good is a stove that won’t stay hot or a dryer that can never finish a load of laundry. Walking around Kathmandu you can almost feel the pollution sticking to your skin while trash lines the streets and rivers. Children beg for money and candy while parents peddle trinkets and handmade pieces.
Yet, I would still go back.
The tradition, the culture and the heart of Nepal… the people, and they all worth experiencing, not to mention the indescribable views that Nepal has to offer. Some places will always be apart of you once you leave. The people that you met, the places you have seen, the food…. oh man, the food. In three weeks I feel like I experienced what most wont in decades.
8 days in Kathmandu – 3 Days in Chitwan – 4 days in Pokhara
With the money rate being 100 rupees to the dollar – it is insane – the amount of money you feel you are spending and yet aren’t is ridiculous…RIDICULOUS. You barter back and forth with taxi drivers and street vendors for 100 or 200 rupees. Forgetting that the thick stack of cash you are holding really only comes out to 10 dollars. It feels like so much more. The average person in Nepal makes 700 dollars a year. That’s crazy!
The experiences. To be able to experience so much in so little time. Good and bad.
cremation customs – Tibetan monk rituals – elephant safaris through the jungle – pollution – temples – more temples – monkeys – motorbiking through Kathmandu – canoeing down the Narayani river – poverty – Curry and more curry – Bike riding through villages – ox carts – elephant bathing – caves – Tibetan refugee camps – rickshaw rides – hunting for crocodiles – power outages upon power outages, traffic.
“Ke Garne.” – a saying in Nepal that means “what can you do?” It is one of the best ways to describe their outlook on life. I believe this is in fact due to their immense faith. With temples on every corner, scattered throughout the city like coffee shops in Seattle. Faith is definitely not taken lightly. It is their everything.
To visit this place that so many might never see was amazing. I enjoyed every step I took through the country and every experience. There is so much to show that this will be a 2 part series…
I spent most of my time within the city of Kathmandu so it is the best place to start…