I'm currently in chilled Nepal having come from an intense and very populated India.
Days in India were hurried, colourful, dusty, polluted, puzzling, comedic, holistic and spiritual. Overall, a little challenging at times. A new and different vibe to what I'd felt seven years back but that may be because new regions were touched on this time, Durga puja holiday, CHANGE etc... I will write more and share experiences about those later.
So, Nepal! I am extremely grateful to be in such a place and country. It's been on the top of the list for some time and I thank everything/one that has led me to this place and to have the chance ultimately travel. Sometimes (a lot of the time), I feel spoilt as a westerner who chooses to pursue travel. Totally grateful on the finance side, but on the other side..we build our own paths and I surely lack things that others are abundant in and vice versa. Ultimately it comes down to the balance and our choices - what one views as important. So thank you for all this opportunity and Amen.
Roof of the World
A country that the Himalayas mostly belong to. I've always felt connected to high peaks and mountains in some way. It's the height, peace, history and nature of them that gets me. The beauty and science. And the life and wisdom that inhabits around them. Mountains. Lovely. But moreso I've always felt strongly connected to the the Himalaya mountain range. Home to the tallest peaks - Everest being number one..they really do live by the name of being Roof of the World..
On a visit to Lumbini - the first entry into Nepal, which is where Gotama Buddha was born, I met a talkative and inquisitive Vietnamese monk travelling with his temple clan from San Francisco. He asks why I'm in Nepal, I tell him about this connection and he suggests that it may be that my past life was Nepalese...? Perhaps, perhaps...
If not past life, I say ancestral. Having spent less than a week so far, I've been told on a few occasions that I look Nepali...feeling thankful for that, but heyyy, Nepalese have so many varying looks due to the sheer number of ethnic groups. More specifically, it seems they pinpoint the Newari group... Mum, Dad.. Please tell me more about our history!?
I entered Nepal with a handful number of other foreigners at the Saunali border coming from Varanasi, India. Upon arrival, the instant fresh air and chilled attitude was strongly welcomed and noticed. Perhaps,it was psychological... But gone were the touts with agendas and truthful prices were given.
As for the aims of being in Nepal. I shall hope to go on a long trek and explore those mountains and the life that resides in and around them. Another wish is to explore to ethnic groups of Nepal and gain an insight into the textiles of these groups. A main one is to see what can be done in terms of rebuilding Nepal after the devastating earthquake last April.