There is this document holder I use for my trips. When I’m off for an adventure, it holds my passport, bookings, emergency funds and whatever ticket stubs that i have come to receive during that trip.
Emptying it out now to make way for my next adventure is making me relive and reminisce that amazing time I had in Nepal.
Places I went to, culture I learnt. Food that I ate, and definitely people whom I met.
Every admission ticket that I pull out makes me smile. Every business card that I’m keeping aside for now makes me wonder how those people are doing. Every brochure I’m saving is asking me if I’m going to go back to see it again.
This document holder, right. It’s like a tiny adventure in itself … it’s as if I’m being transported back in time !
I can see myself trying to surreptitiously take a photo of a monk or a local child, or trying to avoid oncoming traffic. I can smell the aroma of Nepali food, the colours of the saris. I can feel my feet ache when I climbed up the Peace Stupa in Pokhara just after sunrise, or down the slippery Gupteshwar caves steps. I can seefeelsmellhear the burning of a recently deceased person on a pyre as custom dictates at Pashupatinath temple. I see monkeys swinging around at Swayambunath, and I can feel myself sitting down and taking in the amazing architecture in both Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
I see smiling faces, friendly faces, laughing faces. I can feel the contentment that I felt when I was in Pokhara, and the humbleness that squeezed me when I saw the Himalaya and Annapurna ranges for the first time.
Damn. Who needs time travel when you have a magical document holder like mine?!
But for now, I shall leave Nepal in peace. Naturally Nepal, once is never enough. I’ll be back – but let me see the rest of the world first.
I’ve got a whole list of new countries to visit in the next few months. I’m looking forward to getting more visa stamps and creating a whole new time machine in my document holder! Here’s a couple of hints 😉
Let’s see if I’m able to squeeze in a few more posts on past travels before I set off for my next one, eh?
Dream a little dream, everybody!