Everything is Different, Natalia Bustamante

So when you travel to another country all people tell you is “Don’t drink the water !”. Is that all we get out of it? No, of course not. This is what no one tells you about:
1. The toilets are weird. They are on the ground and they are sprays for your…yea. But hey the whole experience is about trying new things right? So I used a sprayer (which initially I thought was how you flushed the toilet, wrong) Used a bathroom in the hospital, a toilet on the floor with no lights and no TP. Used a hole in the ground at a rest stop, sprayed myself in the face. Awesome. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
2. No one cares if your hot. It will be hot. It will get sweaty. Bring extra underwear and prescription anti-perspirent and get over it. The people there are used to it so they don’t understand why your complaining.
3. Water is a precious resource. Don’t take for granted your hot showers, brushing your teeth with tap water, ice cubes, pools etc. All water is precious. You have no idea until your drinking hot water from a water bottle in the back of a hot van.
4. Bring iodine tincture and/or a water bottle with a filtration system built in. Don’t add to another countries pollution problem.
5. Bring Anti-diarrehal, enough said.
6. Take pictures of everything and anything. Your memory will fade and you will want to remember everything and anything.
7. Cold food is amazing. When you can’t eat veggies or fresh fruit because you can’t drink the water, and the veggies and fruits are washed in the water you miss out. Cucumbers, watermelon, peppers, bananas, apples, oranges, juice in general and cold milk. You will miss these things terribly. Enjoy them.
8. Your feet are your first and best form of transportation. You will walk. You will walk a lot. And when you begin to sweat and get tired. Look behind you and stare at what you have walked so far and remember that people twice your age walk it 6 days a week to get to work.
9. Hills and mountains are not created equal. What the Nepali people call hills we call mountains, what they call mountains we call the tallest range of mountains in the world.
10. Namaste. It means that I bow to you. I respect that our inner God and spiritual being is equal to mine. I respect our differences and put them aside to acknowledge this oneness within us. So I put my hands together to represent that and I bow my head to show my respect.
11. Children all over the world love to be greeted with a smile and taking pictures of kids can make their day. As four kids playing soccer outside with a homemade ball and no shoes on told me when I showed them a picture of them “Nice! Nice! Nice!!!!”
12. We respect our elders everywhere. Anywhere in the world.
13. Not everyone in the world gets adequate access to medicine and medical treatments.
14. In Nepal all the women dress beautifully, the most exquisite cloths and the most beautiful colors. And they are very modest.
15. Education is so immensely valuable. All children deserve access to schooling, an education and a means of getting to their school. In Nepal going to school is a privilege and it is treated as a gift.
16. It is incredible easy for a U.S. Citizen to travel, it is not so easy for a foreigner to come onto U.S. territory.
17. The cost for an apartment in Kathmandu, with all utilities, rent and groceries is about 80 US dollars a month. My old apartment was 900 US dollars for rent alone. Just something to think about.
18. If someone makes 30,000 Rupees a month which is a considerably good amount they will make 450 US dollars a month. This is if you have a college degree.
19. The happiest people on earth don’t have very much at all in comparison to our standards.
20. When you step foot outside of a plane in another country everything changes. A shock goes through your whole body and when you look at a map of the world and see how far you have come you can’t help but think about how far you still have to go.

Nepal is the place of Never Ending Peace And Love
So grateful to have gone on this trip, it changed everything.

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