A few days ago I flew into one of my favourite cities in the world, Kathmandu. My excitement and anticipation quickly turned to fear when the plane rattled through the air and dropped altitude suddenly a number of times. Flying into the Kathmandu valley surrounded by the world’s tallest mountains can be trying at the best of times…. with zero visibility and an electrical storm, it’s downright dangerous!
It’s pretty terrifying when you hear screams coming from various areas of the plane as your plane rattles, shakes and drops periodically. It’s worrying to see strangers holding hands. It’s nerve wracking to see the woman in your row gripping her knees with white knuckles and praying. And it strikes fear in your heart when you see not one but three flashes of light followed swiftly by a loud bang on the right side of your plane.
But I’m safe. I’m safe in Kathmandu.
This is a place that I love so much. Tears filled my eyes as I walked off the plane and the memories of this incredible country of Nepal came rushing back.
It was AWFUL weather that day. All credit to the Thai Airways pilot who had awful flying conditions. We circled the city in the air three times before a bumpy landing met by applause.
I was picked up by my dear friend Sundar’s cousin-brother and taken to the familiar home only minutes from the airport. I was here in 2010 and stayed with this beautiful family. They now have a 2 year old son as well as there beautiful daughter who I met on my second visit, she’s now 8. It’s incredible that after only a few minutes I can feel so incredibly comfortable after such a horrendous experience and being so many miles away from my home.
We sipped chai, chomped on momos and I played with the children. I rested in the cosy bed as the rain poured down, waking periodically to “Aunty. Aunty” and having a chubby little face hovering over me. So sweet.
I know I will again fall in love with this place and cry my eyes out as I walk back on to the plane, waiting for my next visit.
Why am I here do you ask?
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