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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 拍謝 ))、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。

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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】

那就請大家動動手指,點進去照片裡面看介紹唷~

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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!

在像似教堂但其實是圖書館旁的公車站下車後,就是一陣撲鼻誘人的麵包香氣『HUFFKINS』從外觀來看它有一個特別的地方,有發現到了嗎? 它長的…歪歪的,是不是很可愛呢?

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『HUFFKINS』除了是間麵包店外,在隔壁也有一間提供下午茶跟飲品的TEA ROOMS,但當天去的時候店內滿滿的客人,加上我們也要趕行程,只好選擇外帶摟.

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)

遺珠之憾是忘記買『HUFFKINS』的購物袋,這種挺板的麻布材質最適合拿來裝便當了,顏色還有我最喜歡的粉紅跟草綠可以選擇,天阿…我怎麼會錯過它呢!!!

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“Stow on the wold”

這裡的房屋外觀幾乎都很相似,唯一不同的變化就在門上面,最喜歡的就是這一個,厚實的木門上,有著幾道像是經過歲月的淬煉才會留下的痕跡,和一些復古鐵鑄的裝飾.但似乎推開它要花上不小的力氣唷~

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喜歡這種飽和的綠色,另外發現在小鎮裡好多人的家門口都會在牆壁上掛著這樣彭派的花籃,或是養一些會攀爬的藤蔓植物,沿著牆壁上展開的生長,也是另一種特殊的裝潢呢!

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通常在倫敦的郵局,就是很簡單的寫著POST OFFICE,而且不起眼到常常讓我錯過它,但在這裡,掛上一個小招牌,畫上招牌的紅色郵筒,讓人想忽略也難阿…

下週請繼續收看…

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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.

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"Nepalese beauties"

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.

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Crazy Kathmandu. Small streets packed with traffic, noise, dust, horns.

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The house is seriously falling apart....

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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?

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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."

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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.

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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)

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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.

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In a shabby room,

listening to teacher explaining how to make every tourist's must try - Momo.

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第二站來到號稱是英國的小威尼斯『Bourton on the water 』
滿 滿 滿到溢出來的觀光客,是我對這裡的第一個印象,連想要拍張沒有遊客入鏡的照片都無法阿… 

Bourton on the water是個一眼望去,大概五秒鐘就能快速瀏覽完的小小村莊,中間的一條河流就是整個村莊的主軸,所有的吃喝玩樂都圍繞在這週邊,河岸旁有許多餐廳跟紀念品商店.

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今年的9月出乎我意料的是個很多人要來倫敦玩的月份耶~好像比傳統暑假7、8月還要受歡迎的樣子。所以早在8月中的時候就有好多小傢伙在敲碗想要知道倫敦9月的活動了。

Open House

9月,一到9月就= Open House Day!!

唉,不過身為不負責任的部落客(攤手),還是罔顧了普羅大眾的心聲,硬是拖到了現在才發出(好,我去跪算盤好了...)不過好加在,今天才9月2號(有膽再說這種不負責任的話)

其實每次當我在寫倫敦每月活動的時候都會驚覺時間流逝之快還有一堆沒做到的新年計畫!像我的運動計畫、每天早上喝果汁記話、每天早起計畫、讀聖經計畫、部落格計畫,似乎都是虎頭蛇尾中(除了減肥計畫之外,這真的有在認真執行),看是要來個期中補考了,不然今年底又要捶心肝怨嘆時光匆匆了(不~~~)

大家一起加油吧!(如果不介意的話,歡迎在下面留言分享你2014年新年計畫(未)達成進度)

對了,對了,因為我現在住在阿布達比的關係,為了持續帶給大家關於倫敦最新的訊息,我的粉絲頁上最近加入了生力軍Chloe,她的【Chloe倫敦默默觀察周記】會持續記錄他在倫敦糜爛吃喝玩樂實用的資訊,大家去按個讚吧!(這裡: 米愛拉’s倫敦遊)

 

Sep1-30, 2014 & FREE

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