Asia | Nepal | Kathmandu Valley | Kathmandu – Back to civilisation
Here I am back in Kathmandu after nearly 3 weeks in the mountains.
Because everything came to a standstill here in Nepal during the 19-day bandha, I had to walk up to my placement in the Langtang region which took me 3 days. The other volunteer who was supposed to come with me, decided to turn around after the first day so it was just me and Singi, my guide. I must admit I was nearly in tears when I had to walk for 12 hours (65km) up hill on the second day.
It turned out to be the right decision though as I wasnt affected by the political situation in Nepal turning from bad to worse. Up in the mountains it was really peaceful and because there was no form of transport, not even for tourists, I was the only westerner there for most of the time. I stayed in a Nepalese home, washed myself and my clothes at the communal tap outside in the road, learned to love my two daily meals of Dal Baht and taught English in the library for 3-4 hours a day.
At the weekends I would visit some neighboring villages which were 3-5 hours walk away and even more remote and poor than my home.
I was a little disappointed that I didnt get to work in one of those very remote villages, were the people still wear traditional dress every day, farm and share their houses with goats, cows and chicken. Staying there for a few nights, taking part in the new year celebrations, where people poured raksi (the local potato spirit) into my mouth to the sound of drums and huge brown eyes stared at me from little dirty faces, was an experience Ill never forget.
I enjoyed views of snow-capped mountains, walked up to the boarder of Tibet and caused huge excitement everywhere I went.
In Langtang most people are originally from Tibet and therefore Buddhist. Their first language is Tamang and their faces and clothing are strangely similar to those of the mountain people in Peru.
When the good news broke that democracy was back on the agenda in Nepal I decided to turn my back on Syabrubensi to explore a bit more of this weird and wonderful country.
Ill be heading towards Chitwan and Pokhara in a few days to see some wildlife and practice my Nepalese. NAMASTE!