這篇文章真的很難寫。花了好長的時間，草稿改了又改，卻仍寫不出這段尼泊爾行帶給我的回憶。回想起來，在尼泊爾的時光就像是粉紅色的泡泡般，美好的事情都融在一起，不知道該從何開始敘述才好。記得走在加德滿都（Kathmandu）煙囂塵上的街，而伴隨著此起彼落震耳欲聾的喇叭聲的是尼泊爾人一張張友善的笑臉，還有在布卡拉（Pokhara）看到喜馬拉雅山一角的壯麗，以及騎摩托車「落殘」的經驗（沒錯，本人就是在台灣沒騎過摩托車，第一次上路就是挑戰尼泊爾泥巴路的傻妞（更傻的是，泥巴路沒摔，反倒在柏油路上摔了，嚇傻一票尼泊爾 人 ））、還有在奇特旺（Chitwan）第一次騎大象、第一次泛舟就救了一票落船的中國遊客、以及尼泊爾司機說天氣太熱就載我們到山間的瀑布去游泳的隨興。
- Sep 14 Sun 2014 00:58
- Sep 27 Sat 2014 23:19
Hello～這個禮拜要先跟大家分享科茲窩的其中一個小鎮【Stow on the wold】
科茲窩小旅行的第一站, 就由Stow on the wold一間從1890年就開業的麵包店來揭開序幕吧!
我買了肉桂捲,朋友挑了SCONE跟鹹派,要跟大家強力推薦它的鹹派, 雖然依舊是典型的英國食物“冷冰冰”的派,但內餡調味處理的嘟嘟好,不會過鹹,朋友也直說好像在吃豬肉餡餅唷,只不過是冷的~哈哈 另外SCONE也好好吃,不愧是曾經得過獎的,口感上比較紮實, 有著淡淡的奶油香味,如果在配上鮮奶油及果醬那就太完美摟!!! (在這裡要說聲搜哩,因為我們實在太餓,所以…就沒拍到食物照)
“Stow on the wold”
- Sep 27 Sat 2014 22:38
I found it very hard to put how I feel about Nepal into words. Since coming back from the country in the beginning of August, I don't know how many times have I rewritten my draft, but still couldn't manage to convey half of my feelings. How dusty and noisy Kathmandu was (no joke, it can drive every traveller mental in less than 10 minutes). How hard it was to find a restaurant that looked remotely safe from diarrhoea, and how annoying the power-cuts were that came everyday along with your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
However, despite all these, I remembered one after another friendly faces greeting me with a shy "Namaste", how helpful they were to me when I fell off from a bike in the mountain of Pokhara, and how much fun we had with our driver when he found a waterfall on the way back, let alone of all the stunning landscape, mountains and lakes.
My heart came alive again during the 6 days in Nepal.
Living in a city like Abu Dhabi, where there is infinite wealth from oil revenue, the concept of poverty, or conservation does not exist. BMW is normal. Even Aston Martin isn't that scarce. In this city, you got endless supply of one shopping mall after another shopping mall; one high-rise after another high-rise. As long as you have the money, you can get whatever you want.
But why I feel so empty here.
How different is the place where I am living to any other places I have been in the world? We eat hamburgers, pasta and afternoon teas. We got oversupply of food, LV, GUCCI, or Channel (the poor's version would be H&M and Zara) . But what's the culture here? What's so unique about this place? Despite from having a comfortable life, what's left? Is it inevitable that wealth in a globalised world creates homogeneous culture? Or is it simply how human beings naturally would like to live? I can't even find the purpose for why we work, why we earn money.
But Nepal is different. Nepal is still poor, so there is no McDonald's, department stores. Many people still live in houses that seem going to fall apart soon, and they probably still eat the same curries which their grandparents have taught them to make. Men wear little hats and women get this red dot on their forehead. Majority of the people still farm on the same pieces of lands they inherit from their ancestors. Their living condition is poor, but it feels authentic.
Crazy Kathmandu. Small streets packed with traffic, noise, dust, horns.
The house is seriously falling apart....
Is it even safe to live in such a house?
But I know, the reason I can say I like Nepal's authenticity so easily is because - I don't live there. I can consume their "authentic" lifestyle preserved by poverty, but I can also quit poverty whenever I am tired and return to my forever 22°C apartment anywhere in the world whenever I want. I earn more in a month than a Nepalese in a year and I don't have to worry about being woken up by non-stop horning at 5am in the morning.
I don't know how I can call myself a non-selfish traveller?
Can I live a life as such?
The smiles on Nepalese's faces disguise the history that Nepal had a domestic war only 8 years ago followed by regime change. Their friendly attitudes also made travellers happily ignore the fact that this place also has high suicide rate, and the reason is, unsurprisingly, poverty. Many parents drink pesticide to kill themselves because they can't afford to pay back the debts, leaving their kids becoming orphans or street kids.
"Very few street kids in Nepal manage to survive more than 5 years", said by the director and founder of My Home Orphanage, Mr. Ramesh. "However, under current political regime, there is no welfare available to them but from private civil society."
I am still very grateful that I had a chance to see this side of Nepal, which is heart breaking and can be easily distracted by all the beautiful landscape and rich local culture. I know, if I didn't stay at B&B Cocina Mitho Chha, and listened to the owner, Mr. Debendra about his objective of establishing the B&B in aim to fund his cooking school teaching teenagers from disadvantaged family to learn the skill of cooking, and took me to visit the orphanage, My Home, I would have easily missed out this side of Nepal. Like an ordinary traveller, or tourist, shall I say, thinking how can this place entertain me, instead of how normal people here live their life.
As mentioned previously, Cocina Mitho Chaa isn't just a B&B; it is a social enterprise. Its objective is to provide funding to the cooking school helping teenagers from the orphanage or poor family to learn the skill of cooking at the age of 16 or 17.
Adorable kids at My Home Orphanage
Mr. Debendra (first left); Director and Founder of My Home, Mr. Ramesh (second to the left; a volunteer from Spain (third to the right)
Learning English and math. Mr. Ramesh wants to provide every kid the education that suites them the most.
Why did Mr. Ramesh start the orphanage?
To him, the answer was simple. Because if he didn't do it, those kids will die
When I asked Mr. Debendra why he started the cooking school?
Because if those kids leave the orphanage without any survival skill, they will never be able to leave poverty. Will never be self-sufficient.
The orphanage sustains their lives, but the cooking school provides them with a better future.
After all, everything is about surviving.
Seeing this side of Nepal broke my heart. However thanks to people like Mr. Ramesh and Mr. Debendra, I also saw the most beautiful side of Nepal.
In a shabby room,
listening to teacher explaining how to make every tourist's must try - Momo.
- Sep 14 Sun 2014 01:05
- Sep 02 Tue 2014 13:10
9月，一到9月就= Open House Day！！