Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In Nepal, my trip

The Nepali definitely discovered that tourists are walking bundles of money. And if you keep pushing, they will give money to get rid of you. At least, I think it must work that way. In daytime you’ll find many offering you something on every street corner. A tika (blessing by a holy man), tiger balm, hashish (at seven in the morning) or an awful sounding look-a-like Nepali instrument. During the nights it’s totally different. When the street vendors go to sleep, little, stinky hands start pulling your shirt. Raising the other hand to ask for a Rupee. The hands belong to young children somewhere between 4 and 14. Big, gleaming eyes looking hopelessly find money to gill an empty stomach or addiction.

Both well-known by these poor beggars.

What to do with these ‘fallen angels’ I don’t know. It’s not something uncommon in this part of the world. Many people who’ve been to India can probably tell the same story. But it’s easier to ask about politics than to ask where these children come from or more important: how will they end?

Day opening - August 26

Alpacas are the fluffier creatures. Llamas have longer snouts and ears and less furr. Alpaca is also one of the main dishes in Peru. It gives very lean meat.