Although we visited Kathmandu on several occasions before, until our last visit in autumn 2012, we never had a chance to explore its ancient beauty properly. This time, we didn’t want to miss it though, and because we wanted it to be a comfortable day, devoid of any unnecessary hassle, we asked Suk Lama (Trek into thin air), who already accompanied us during our trekking trip before, to arrange a sightseeing tour for us. Firstly, Suk discussed with us what are our expectations and priorities and gave us advice on what places we should visit in order for us to be satisfied with our tour. Hiring Suk proved to be an excellent idea - when it came to arranging transport to all the places we visited, he got us very good deals with local taxi drivers, which, very likely, would have been more difficult if we tried to do it on our own. But most importantly, Suk’s knowledge about history of Kathmandu’s special places is tremendous. He guided us through Bakthapur, Patan Durbar square, Pasupatinath, Bodhanath stupa, sharing with us all the amazing historical facts and stories about communities living in those areas. Thanks to Suk, all these places were talking to us and coming into life. As always, we had lots of fun with Suk. His cheerfulness is contagious! We are very happy that he was our companion during that day. Kathmandu is a mesmerizing city and Suk is a a perfect guide on the journey to its discovery.
Helping in a village school:
During our last trip in Nepal, we also visited a beautiful village of Katakuti. Suk’s wife works there as a teacher at the higher secondary school. She invited us to stay with her and to visit and help at her local school. Although we stayed only for one week, this experience is one of the best we had in Nepal so far. As a teacher, I was delighted that I could help with teaching children. These children are so wonderful! They were so grateful for the chance to learn that extra little bit of English. This village isn’t located on the main tourist trails, so these children don’t come to contact with tourists and the speakers of English language too often. Although this probably helps to preserve their unspoilt environment and their way of life, it also presents a challenge in our fast developing world. Many of these children might end up migrating to the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, and the ability of speaking English might influence their chances of getting a decent job. Suk also has a registered charity ‘Research Nepal’. Through his charity he tries to help disadvantaged children of injured or deceased porters (sadly this happens) and also offers volunteering opportunities to help schools in remote areas in Nepal. If you are interested in helping in any way, Suk can provide you more information about his charity work and volunteering opportunities. During our stay there Suk made sure that we were comfortable at all times (naturally, we had to adjust to a simpler way of living) and made clear to everyone involved that there are certain limits to what is expected from us. There are many charities in Nepal, and it is not always easy to distinguish between them, but our stay in a village was nice and very rewarding experience.
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