Nepal — guaranteed weight loss!

IMG_9592Three days ago I returned to a life of luxury  after a two months stay in Nepal.  Luxury is   mattress, sheets and pillows, a bath, hot water,  as much food  as I want, when I want it, a flush toilet, clean clothes, drinking water on tap, electric light, heating, tv, radio and internet.

I lived in the village of Badikhel in the Kathmandu valley.  A family  were paid a pittance  to provide me with room and board.   I ate as they did,  twice daily — dal bhaat.  Bhaat is cooked white rice.  Dal is the thin lentil soup poured over the rice as protein.  A table spoon of vegetables and sometimes a little raw vegetable (pickle) completes the traditional Nepalise meal.  Consequent to my inability to eat the large portion of white rice offered me I lost two kilo during my stay.  I look like a stick insect.   I now know for sure why people in the third world   are thin.

Food is  eaten with the right hand (the left hand is reserved for another purpose). Using the hand one mixes together the dal,  rice and vegetable, picks up a mouth-size portion  and, using  the thumb like a scoop,  crams the mixture into the mouth.   All very sensual.   Hands are washed before and after the meal with cold water poured from a jug.  No soap nor towel.  The hands drip dry, or you can use your scarf.    The incidence of gastro-intestinal infection in Nepal is very high.  Call me a snob, or a coward, but after my first attempt to eat like a local I requested a spoon.

About annewlindsay

I don't go 'first class'. I can't afford to and even if I could I think I would still choose to travel as I do. I think you meet a more interesting class of people if you use local transportation and just take your chances. I'm getting restless again. Hope to meet you on the bus or train.
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2 Responses to Nepal — guaranteed weight loss!

  1. juliemarie bouille says:

    Hi Anne!!

    I’m so happy to have heard of your most recent adventure 🙂 What are your thoughts, while comparing, on village life in Nepal and village life in Transylvania?? Cultural and linguistic differences aside. Madeleine’s father used to spend time there and I remember that he would come back about 20lbs lighter.

    much love


    Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 19:36:21 +0000 To:

    • annewlindsay says:

      Nice to hear from you Juliemarie. My little house in Transylvania is a mansion compared to the place I stayed in Nepal. I never saw an undernourished or poorly clad child in Firtanus. By contrast it was a rare child in Badikhel who looked really fit and healthy. But they were so so lovely. So sweet.

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