Always a Smile
Beauty of Nepal They all screamed with laughter as they ran around like crazy animals. A sign of glee was present on their faces as I ran up to tickle them. The joy they showed from a simple game I was playing with them almost, made me cry. Their life is so simple but they are still so cheerful. “I am gunna get you” I screamed out to them as I laughed. They all charged at me at the same time, tickling me and nailing me to the wall. They would not leave me alone after that tickle monster game and their smiles were still visible. All of them kept
attacking me and all I had to do was laugh! Visiting the school in Pokora was one of my favourite places. To witness those cute tiny children in their uniforms and see them so joyful when my life is way more complex then their life, it is amazing. Regardless of where you are in Nepal, happiness seems to spread everywhere you go. From the busy streets of Kathmandu and the smiling faces of the local people, to the villagers as we were trekking to Todapani, smiles surrounded me always.
That is what they always say. There was that smile again. “Beautiful Madam, Very cheap price for you. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!” That is what they always say. They always grin when a tourist walks into their shop. As I wander through the hectic streets of Kathmandu, cars squeeze though tiny streets as the tourists and locals scamper out of the way. The motorbikes laden with people and their belongings shock me to death as they inch by me to zoom on through. The long narrow roads were full of exotic objects, signs, restaurants and small shops.
Escape to the Mountains Walking away from a poor local boy I wonder if I should give him money; I feel fortunate. My friends and I stop at a modern, quiet coffee shop to take a break and to recharge our batteries to head back out into the wild city of Kathmandu. You could stay on one street for a whole day and still not get bored of the same street. It is like any other new country I visit; all places have their own uniqueness. As for Nepal, everyone can enjoy the busy city in Kathmandu for awhile but then hit the mountains for some exquisite views and hiking. This always put a smile on my face. Some people might not agree with this but for me being around nature and not much infrastructure is one way to escape reality and to relax. With no phones buzzing and no cars honking, the peace and quiet can be enjoyed. Feel more free when you are out with nature and not in a cramped, noisy city. To see remarkable views and to enjoy the nature visit a place called Tadopani. It is a place to retreat to and take in the world around you. You have to trek to get to this stunning spot since
there are no roads or other transportation, which in some cases is a good thing, especially for the tourists who want to enjoy the nature and landscape. The constant pebble and stone path lead us through the villages and inhaling the smell of animal poo was not always the most pleasant part of my adventure. This can be escaped by stopping at a few local shops and restaurants along the way. The hard working locals are very friendly and will welcome visitors and encourage them to buy from their shop or restaurant. The exquisite views are always around, it is hard to miss. The most amazing part of visiting Tadopani is a 4a.m. hike up to Pun Hill for one hour to see the breathtaking sunrise. Even though I hate waking up early, I highly recommend this. The view shows Nepal’s beauty and its country for what it is famous for. Just looking at the panorama it seems like you are looking at a painting, I had to poke the area around me to see if it was real. Even the next day I still had a grin on my face, wondering if what I saw was real or just some dream I had the night before. It is a spectacular place and I am sure everyone will go home with a 1000 photos to show off.
After a few days of roughing it and enjoying nature, we headed off to Pokora. This small town is a great tourist place to experience good shopping and restaurants. Pokora is definitely not one of the quieter places. At night it is full of energy and music which gives the little place some style. As the sun sets the lights blink on and the music pumps out from each individual shop, as the tourists explore the town. Pokora is a great place to bargain. I got some really cheap prices there and some free things like a packet of cards. The shop keeper beamed with joy since I was his first customer of the day. With so many unique restaurants to try and shops you could stay up all night and explore the tiny town. It is definitely a town to remember. Nepal! What a beautiful place to explore. From the energetic kids at the Pokora School to the hectic streets of Kathmandu to the snow covered mountains at Tadopani to the small shopping town of Pokora, smiles are found everywhere. Nepal, it’s unique!