Is Nepal a friendly country
Is Nepal a friendly country?
Nepali people are the most friendly I have ever met! I spent a year in Nepal teaching, trekking, learning Nepali language, and getting to know people. I have endless examples I could give of Nepali generosity and warmth.
One that sticks out for me: I was trekking around Annapurna with some friends, and we stopped for a rest. A very old woman up on the hillside waved us over so we wandered up the hill. She lived in a tiny grass hut six feet across, and had no possessions except a few farming tools. She explained that because of tourism in the area, prices had inflated, and all the villagers who used to live around there had left for Pokhara (including her kids). Even though she was so poor, she made us tea and snacks like fried bhatmas (soy beans). She was happy to sit with us and laughed at our attempts to speak Nepali. When we left I tried to give her some money to help her out, but she refused. I left money on the ground instead, before walking away.
Even with hardly anything, she was excited to give what she could. True generosity
By Evan Feenstra