Two weeks is not enough!

 

 

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Nepal – wow.
   From the moment I stepped off the plane, the sensory overload began; the sights, smells, noises, everything! It is truly something you have to experience at least once in your life.

I’ve visited around twenty countries in the world and not a single one compares to Nepal – it has everything; spectacular mountainous scenery, fantastic wildlife and the most genuine, warm hearted people I have ever met and much, much more.

When I arrived at the lighthouse I felt at home immediately and really loved the first few days walking around Kathmandu with Maria. The temples in Kathmandu are beautiful; the peaceful atmosphere in Pashupatinath Temple was amazing and the Boudhanath Stupa at sunset is an absolute treat for the eyes!

 

 

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My placement was at the orphanage in Souraha, Chitwan and although it was only one short week, I learned so much from those kids. When we first met they all said namaste and were really shy, but once the card games started I was jumped on and hugged from all angles. They all have strikingly different personalities but look after each other like any family would; I loved how they made up each others hair in the morning before school.

 

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On the second day I was lucky enough to go to a wedding and eat some really lovely food in a remote village in the middle of nowhere, it was all a bit surreal but really eye opening. Elephants passed the orphanage several times a day and there was a random camel across the road! Everyone seems to have a dog, chicken or goat in Nepal. There was one moment I will never forget – when I watched a woman walk her goats down the road.

Power cuts are common (you’ll be lucky if not daily), so be prepared and take a torch! The kids appreciate anything you can creatively come up with; I learned a few of their card games which we played endlessly, we drew some pictures and coloured in and I helped them decorate their Christmas tree.

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After the orphanage we, Maria and I, stayed in a lovely little place called Wildlife Adventure Resort down the road and went on an elephant safari, it was amazing. We stayed in a little eco cottage suspended over the river for two days. The food was delicious and we were well looked after – all the staff were really friendly and talkative.

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To Bikram, you are one of the most selfless, kind people I have ever met and I wish you all the luck in the world with your projects! And to Maria, thank you for looking after me! I hope the rest of your time in Nepal is as amazing as my two weeks were!

Keep smiling!

Beth 🙂

 

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