Why Nepal?

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Photo (c) Andrea Pregel (KathmanDiario)

Laura:

This small little country despite having borders with China and India and moreover, despite all the trouble it went through in recent history, was able to keep and maintain its own multicolored traditions and cultural system. More than 200 ethnical groups make this place absolutely unique and fascinating – it’s the country of history and traditions, celebrated in a peaceful and respectful way, the country of multiple religions (the main ones are Buddhism and Hinduism) that serenely coexist for hundreds years, the country differences are proudly marked as a strong point. In Nepal things are often described as “same-same, but different”, and it shows, how much difference is welcomed and celebrated in Nepal.

During my stay there I had a chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve three times – with three absolutely different rituals, different calendars and ethnic groups.

My first meeting with Kathmandu was curious. I was expecting traffic, pollution, horns beeping everywhere and, as I am from Palermo, I’m used to hectic crazy cities, so I was not shocked at all. I can say that since my first day there I felt absolutely in love with this wild, charming, crazy dirty city, where graceful eagles are flying over your head, cheeky monkeys are always ready to steal your bag, smells of butter, candles, curry and incense are mixed with the terrible stink of Bagmati river, that, despite its holiness, is still really polluted. Children in uniforms, ready for school, are always ready to greet you on the streets with their best smile, women are wearing shiny sarees and strange “babas” are offering you their blessings for few rupees by gorgeous temples.

When I was living in Nepa,l I used to teach in two different school in New Baneshore, the commercial district in the centre of Kathmandu. So naturally, when I just heard about the earthquake, my first concern was about my students and all the friends I left in Kathmandu. Eventually I was able to talk to many of them and was relieved to hear that they all are safe. I was really surprised by their reaction – once again I realized how noble, responsible and hardworking my Nepalese friends can be, even facing this tragedy. Yes, the destruction is quiet severe, and many buildings have collapsed. But Nepal is always ready to share its charm with everyone. It’s the charm of a country that never gives up, the charm of people, who are able to face the worst of tragedies by the mean of harmony and mutual support. There you will find people who never complain, and are willing to rebuild and to revive their country with all their energy and devotion.

That’s why this beautiful country is worth visiting, especially now. Not only to help Nepal by the means of responsible tourism, no. Mostly because we all have a lot to learn from Nepalese people.
To me NEPAL means Never Ending Peace And Love.

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