It’s good to have new alternatives when traveling to, from or in Nepal. If I had to say what the worst part of living in Nepal is I’d have to say it’s the road/transportation issue. Well, you can’t get to India without going by airplane, private taxi or bus. Of the buses, please take my advice and only take a ‘tourist’ bus. The local buses are not well maintained and do not always stop often enough for the female passengers. This is particularly so for the night buses.
Many people were left homeless and alone after the devastating earthquake April 2015. When I look out from the window of the bus we can see many temporary camps with tarps and aluminum shelters along the side of road. This week we went to a camp in Bhouda to distribute some clothes for new born babies. Imagine being born in Nepal during this time, or being suddenly a single mother due to entire families being swept away.
If you’ve lived in a tourist destination you will appreciate this discussion. I lived in Florida, US, near the ocean for many years. It was nice, but even though I put up with the monsoon and lived there all year the tourists crowded us out during the best parts of the year. Seriously, the beach was like a big party with blankets spread out for as far as the beach allowed. Yes, we complained about them and even had jokes about them. Do you know what a ‘god damned tourist’ is? It’s one that comes from ‘up north’ and brings his family and stays. I was one of those.
How to get the most out of your volunteer efforts?
Of all the questions I hear asked, this is probably the most common. We Westerners love to help people in less developed countries. The Africans figured it out a long time ago that social work is a very lucrative profession. And now, the Nepalis are catching on. A Nepali social worker who came over for tea last year encouraged my younger Nepali friend to get into social work. “There’s a lot of money in it,” he counseled. And this is the major problem in Nepal.