Okay, Nepal is either UP or DOWN, all the time. There is no flat. I am not in Indiana anymore.
There are feral dogs everywhere. They are mostly street dogs, not pets (altho some people have a pet dog). Not particularly poorly behaved, and not seeking any human attention, either. Food, maybe. I imagine this is how dogs have lived with humans for millenia–alongside but without too much involvement. Some dogs are ill or injured and some simply look ragged and flea-bitten. Andy (of iTrek) said years ago a Dutch GMO successfully lobbied for legislation preventing the killing of these dogs, but did not include any kind of sterilization program. Anyway, learning about the street dogs cleared up questions I had when reading in Lonely Planet that the dogs in Kathmandu barked all night–I doubted pets would be so pervasive.
Anyway, Nepal thus far:
- trash everywhere
- reminds me of Japan but with far less infrastructure
- people, dogs, cows, cars, motorcycles, trucks, bicycles comingle on the roads, all seemingly oblivious to the next (and somehow it seems to work)
- there seems to be construction everywhere
- lots of tiny solar panels out in the country
- no cats
Visiting Nepal is yet another opportunity for me to recognize how EASY my life is. My clean neighborhood. Abundant utilities (i.e., no electrical outages on a daily basis; clean running water in my house). A clean–sterile, even–job with heat/AC. Expensive (relatively) hobbies like knitting and cycling. Major appliances. Leisure time. On & on.