An Australians perspective: A festive evening

Tonight I went to another festival at Durbar Square in Kathmandu.

The heaving mass of people smell and spirit was palpable. The colors the spirit. Every minute a new sensation. There was singing of hypnotic tunes whilst woman dressed in their finery danced to the hypnotic beats and chants of the accumulated crowds.

It was such a big event even the president of the country was there, so with that so was his guards dressed in beautiful suits carry very large guns.

Afterwards I was taken for a bit of a walk through a local neighbourhood. I was able to witness some of the best stores carrying the best stuff in Nepal. To all out there. DO NOT buy anything in the tourist precinct of Thamel I have been told by countless persons the quality is awful and your just going to end up scammed.

On the way back to Bhaktapur, I felt a little sadness. Life here is tough. I have not seen in my life a more adaptable people, though on this earth. The way they make the best of a difficult situation is amazing. If the roads flooded they drive through it. If something breaks they patch it up. We in the west throw everything out. We have it wrong on so many levels. The more I travel the more I am convinced this is so. We can’t fix anything, creativity is being lost we are becoming slaves to what big business and politicians feed us. Being here in Nepal has shed light on a person who hasn’t been brainwashed thinking and does whatever is best in their minds for the family unit. For me, that’s refreshing and inspiring.

Yesterday I found out another fact, if you are a foreigner go and buy a coffee you with pay around 200 rupees for the locals it’s 50. I don’t know how I feel about such systems. To me, it feels a bit discriminatory.

The people I have met here have restored my faith in humanity, I believed no longer existed. Baring a few who have attempted to scam me. I feel I have made new friends and created new opportunities (hopefully) The film I will edit when I get home, I hope, will educate and inspire as well as hopefully showing a side of people that we rarely see. Now I am heading on the road to Pokhara where you will hear from me next…

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