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Mountains and Villages

Day 5- July 3

The day started at a painful 5:30am as we left Kathmandu and headed towards the mountains. Unfortunately, the view from the lookout at Nagarcot was obscured by heavy clouds, so I can’t say I’ve seen the Himalayas. The little we could see was spectacular.

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We walked down the mountain along a path that led us past some picturesque scenes.

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Eventually we reached a small village. This particular village is very close to tour leader Steph’s heart as she visits the place- and a specific family- every time she comes to Nepal. Most of the people in the village work in the fields. They use subsistence farming, which means that they usually only grow enough to feed their family. Any extra is used for bartering, either within the village or in the city. This means that life can be very hard when a harvest is poor. Despite this, everyone in the village seems to be happy. One man told us that “we must be happy, because this is where we are”.

There is a school in the village, and the children were happy to show off the little pieces of English they had learned. We were also invited into the home of Steph’s Nepalese family.

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Five days down, and I still love being on the tour. Nepal is so different to anywhere I’ve been before. I’ve learned so much about this country and its people already, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

-Erin

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