Misconception about the state of Nepal après earthquakes has greatly affected Nepal’s biggest industry. High season in Pokhara should bring white-capped waves of tourists, but, instead, hotels and restaurants sit empty and guides and porters sit idle.
Yes, Nepal suffered damage and loss. But far from a demolished nation, Nepal is united and excited. We were lucky enough to attend a 5-month candlelight vigil of the distatrous quakes at Swayambu Temple. I expected solemnity and sorrow, but, instead, found myself in attendance at a moonlit temple top party! The energy was wonderful; there was laughter and live music and people were enjoying just being able to gather together. When asked about the events, Nepali people are quick to reply with reassurances that they are happy and safe. Though lives, homes and businesses were lost, the spirit of Nepal was not. If anything, it was strengthened.
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