SUKAHTAN VILLAGE & BOUDHANATH SUPTA, NEPAL
Maddie has been wanting to take us to the Sukahtan Village where she worked since we arrived in Nepal and we have been wanting to go! It finally worked out for us to be able to make the drive up the mountain to visit the school she did the humanitarian work for. We headed up early in the morning. The village is in the Himalayan mountains around an hour outside of Kathmandu. It was a beautiful drive, very bumpy and I think we hit our heads on the top of the car maybe 73 times each, but still breathtaking. It was very picturesque Nepal and such a nice break to get out and breathe some good ol' mountain air again! The second we arrived at the school all of the Nepalese children came running out of the classroom to say hi! They instantly fell in love with us and I instantly fell in love with them. They totally captured my heart and were the absolute sweetest things. I 100% understand now why so many people love and come to work in orphanages, etc. The children were so innocent, sweet, and caring. They grasped onto Rachael and I's hands and gave us a tour of their school, taught us how to play a few clapping hand riddle games, and then had us sit down so that they could braid our hair. We took a few videos on Boomerang and Snapchat and the kids LOVED seeing videos of them and their friends. They really liked making funny faces and dancing around. I had worn a few bracelets to the village and the little girls all thought they were so beautiful. I ended up handing all of my bracelets out. It really made me wish we had come prepared with food or little trinkets to hand out to the kids. What I really wish I would have brought was my Polaroid camera so that I could take pictures of all the children and then they would have photos of themselves to keep into their adulthood. One of my best friends married at Fijian and she's told me that the only photos her husband has of his childhood are photos that LDS missionaries have given him. I think the Nepalese children would have really loved little Polaroid photos - next time I'll be prepared! It was hard saying goodbye to the children even after just spending the morning with them. I don't know how Maddie spends a summer with them and doesn't have the hardest time ever saying goodbye! I really loved this particular experience and it lets Nepal hit home even more. Once we got back into Kathmandu we stopped by the Boudhanath Stupa. It is a large stupa in Kathmandu city center. We browsed a few markets by the stupa before finally heading back to our hotel. There we met and chatted with another one of Maddie's Nepalese friends and former translator for her humanitarian program. After we all headed to the pool again and ended up sitting in the rain once more haha. Rachael and I ended up heading upstairs, caught up on the Bachelorette and packed for the next stop on our trip - India! Nepal, I have absolutely 100% fallen in love with you. But really, I love this country. Its a top must visit on my list! The culture is rich, the scenery is beautiful and the people are kind. You really can't go wrong with such a perfect trio. Namaste Nepal! xx,m.