1. Don’t ever tell anyone they look tired.
2. Help people, and if you offer to help someone, follow though.
3. Be kind to people who work in retail and food service.
4. Let someone know you’re not interested.
5. Actually “hang out sometime.”
6. Be a little more honest.
7. Stop calling each other mean names on the internet.
8. Send more letters (not emails) and gifts.
9. Give more genuine complements.
10. Have more patience while waiting in lines.
This is the best thing on the Internet. We undress everyday and it shows us how confined we are. Those imprints show how uncomfortable we are throughout each day just to impress other people. We create prisons in our own clothes. We are a prisoner in a socially constructed idea of what is beautiful.
Lunch at the Korea monastery I’m staying at, in Lumbini. Look at all the vegetables!!! Cabbage, eggplant, cauliflower and potatoes. The only vegetable I’ve really been eating these past two and a half weeks are potatoes, so this is a godsend.
Late night momos (which are Tibetan) and masala tea.
Things I have learnt after 4 days of solo travelling in Nepal:
- it’s super easy to be a vegetarian in Nepal (which I am doing).
- Nepal is fucking humid.
- even if you’ve done a bit of travelling in your time, a new country requires a bit of time of adjust.
- you can generally depend on the kindness of strangers.
- despite the incessant questions and looks, solo travelling ain’t so bad.