Saturday, October 10, 2009
That is the best word I’ve found to describe what we’ve seen in Nepal so far (in my whole 1.5 days of being here). Even in the capital city, they seem to live very close to the land. It’s not one of those places that puts a fake, dressed-up “face” on things – what you see is what you get, and they’re fine with that. People who ask you where you’re from are actually curious about where you’re from, not trying to find a way to swindle you. Kids who ask you to take their photo are actually excited about getting their picture taken, rather than trying to find a way to make a quick buck. Also: unlike the part of India where we live, they have preserved the evidence of their past and can readily talk about their long, long history. And they’ve got some really great scenery. It’s not a wealthy country, but most of the people we’ve come into contact with seem welcoming, honest, and overwhelmingly – even fiercely – proud of their country. Yes, it’s a remarkable place – and we’re enjoying it.