Thanuya and I worked for two weeks without any day off. Thus, we did not only take one day - but a whole week during the Nepali Dashain Festival . And seven days with holiday was definitely on its place. Now we are excited to share our experiences with you. So lets try to keep it simple with words – and let the photos speak for themselves.
On an average - people often relate Nepal to mountains and hiking. I am no exception. Dharan is located in the Terai - which means that the landscape is more or less plain. Although plain, the city is situated by the tropical foothill of Mahabharat Range in the north. So after two weeks into our stay in Nepal - we were already enjoying the hills of our "hometown" Dharan. However, I need to emphasis that Nepal is not only about the nature - but also about the people. Nepalis may be some of the most inclusive and warm people I have met. For instance, on every hike we went on, we were always accompanied by locals (both from our office, but also people we have never met before) whom happily showed us around. This behaviour is something I find rare, and appreciate very much.
A well-known quote is "the key to a man's heart is through his stomach". Although not a man - enjoying a delicious meal by using all my senses lies very near to my heart as well. Throughout our first weeks we tried different types of Nepali dishes, tea, coffee, organic fruits and vegetables.
As you may have understood, increasing our network and exchanging culture have been essential during our holiday. Although meeting a lot of warm and welcoming Nepalis - getting to know the locals haven't been so easy. Namely, because the majority either don't want to speak English or don't know how to communicate in English. But despite the language barriers I like to highlight that one can reach far by using smile, laugher and body language. As a result, this behaviour have resulted in many nice and joyful moments with the locals. In addition, it has also motivated me to learn more Nepali.
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