…well, to Nepal at least.
Not the usual ramblings…this time a few thoughts on the recent visit by Rob (son), and Joanne & Ben (nephew & niece). With apologies in advance for the fact that this piece is largely being written for a somewhat limited readership! (It may be slightly more oblique than usual, but at least 3 other people will understand it…) . But hey, its my blog…
Firstly…dispelling the myth that I don’t photograph family!!
Nothing quite beats acting as ‘tour guide’ when you’ve been living somewhere long enough not to be ‘phased’ by daily life in a different city. Random cows & goats in the middle of the road, traffic ‘systems’ that seem to have their own hidden set of rules, the general noise and pollution, a language that at first seems to be impenetrable. I know…you’ve read it here before right!
But…its really quite special visiting places that are by now familiar to me, and revisiting them with a sense of surprise and wonder. (Once a week I cycle back from work through Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is one of a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Occasionally its nice to be reminded that being able to do that is quite a privilege…)
So…here’s Johnny C’s Rough-ish guide to two weeks in Nepal with family members.
- Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and, after fathoming out how to pay for your visa and clear customs, you will be met by your friendly tour guide who will direct you to your superbly appointed Suzuki taxi, (available in white only), to play the Nepali equivalent of ‘how many elephants can you get in a telephone box’… a game called “can you fit 4 passengers, 1 taxi driver, 3 cases, and 3 rucksacks into one small vehicle…and avoid having to use a second taxi?” (Bonus points are awarded if you can secure a taxi fare of around 300 Rupees).
- Your accommodation in Ranibari will offer you a delightful range of sleeping arrangements. For the less adventurous-a bed; and for those with a taste for something a little different-the floor. (And for one lucky visitor, the opportunity to go and fetch a bed from (relatively) nearby, and carry it back to Ranibari on your head, much to the amusement/bemusement of your Nepali neighbours). Thanks Rob!!