Nepal! They say you are poor, but you are rich
Namaste dear Nepal!
After 3 months with you, my visa expires today. I have to leave. 3 months. You shared so many things with me.
Through you paths and bumpy roads, on foot, by bus, motorbike or bicycle I discovered wonderful places. I climbed your mountains, I met wildlife in your jungle, swam in your lakes and showered in your rivers. I stayed in different places : dusty and busy Katmandu, relaxing Pokhara, peaceful and authentic Changu.
I enjoyed your dhal baat, thentuk, samosas, alu sadheko, chapatis, paneer cury, … I fell in love with your momos. And every day, sweet and tasty masala chya.
I visited your temples, pagodas, chortens and monasteries. I got blessed by your gods, hindus and buddhists.
And I met your people. Didi, Dai, Bohini, Bhai, Nani, Babu, Ama, … Their hospitality, their generosity. They made me feel at home. And their smiles. Those true, wide and spontaneous smiles. With that sparkle in the eyes. Each of them, such a precious gift.
They say you are poor, but you are rich. They just don’t know how to measure it. Because that wealth we can’t write with numbers or put on a chart. That wealth multiplies when it is shared. It will blow you away if dare to try it.
3 months. It feels like 3 days. I saw and I lived so many things, but there are so many things left to see and live. It feels like a glimpse. I am not yet gone, and I am already thinking about coming back.
See you again my friend!
Dr. Lara Martinez