Nepal is a country of extremes. It’s got the biggest mountains, the wildest rivers, and the oldest cities we’ve seen on the trip. Mixed with the most vibrant colors and charismatic people, this little country packs a lot of punch. Though it’s a place full of pleasant surprises, you still know you’re in Nepal when…
– Your country claims eight of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world and the other 192 countries share the other two.
– The country is so Hindu that even pets sport bindis.
– There are so many 11th- and 12th-century buildings even the corner deli is a UNESCO world heritage site.
– You are afraid to pick up the telephone receiver for fear you might contract something.
– The tourist touts are so good, they even get their tchotckes to do the talking.
– Dal bhat (bottomless lentil soup and chutneys) is the meal of choice for breakfast lunch and dinner…and you (almost) never get sick of it.
– Your mountains are so big and nasty you need to clear 10 days on your calendar before you even think of hiking them.
– You see the most ornate wooden wall sculpture and it turns out to be a window frame.
– You can get the tastiest and most colorful meal in town for under 30 cents
– Volleyball is finally more popular than soccer (because building a footie field on the side of mountain just isn’t going to happen).
– Your rivers are the playground to the world’s kayaking elite…when they are even safe enough to open.
– Prayer pit stops add 15 minutes to any walk across town.
– Paths are too steep and narrow for a pickup truck or even a dolly to haul things….determination, a cloth strap and a strong forehead are the only way.
Have you ever been to Nepal: have any to add? Never been to Nepal: any of those make you laugh?