Sunday, 5 June 2016

Look who has come to stay!

Guess who this is, come to stay?



Those of you who have read about my travelling in Nepal will have 'met' Tika and Shobha. This post is for those who have no idea who they are!

I met Tika over fifteen years ago, when I first went to Nepal with a tour group. Then, in 2005, when I embarked on a year-long trip around the world, I contacted him to help me get the hang of travelling independently in Nepal and north India. He took me up mountains and down valleys. Before one such expedition he mentioned that his wife (Shobha) was joining us for the day. We trekked up a mountain (she strode up in flip-flops and I plodded up in walking boots). I seem to have passed some sort of test, because she invited me to join them for supper - cooked on a small fire on their rooftop.

It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Every time I return to Nepal Tika organises my travels. If he's not actually with me he is at the end of the phone. He has the rare capacity to see the funny side of everything, even close encounters with tigers and crocodiles.

Meanwhile Shobha looks after me. When you are in Nepal, she says, I will be like your daughter. I will cook for you, and do your washing. (I eat like a queen, but do my own washing when she's not looking.)

And now it's my turn to look after them. I'm pretty useless in the cooking department, but will do my best. The washing can be thrown in the machine.

But most of all I want them to feel at home. They have shared their home and their country with me several times, and now it's my turn. This visit will be less about what we do, and more about making sure they know how much I appreciate everything they have done to me. And, because this it Tika and Shobha, I am sure there will be plenty of laughter.

18 comments:

  1. welcome to the UK, people!Enjoy your stay with Jo!

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    1. Thank you, Carol - we're having a great time.

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  2. A friend who sees the funny side of encounters with crocs and tigers is a keeper! What a wonderful friendship - hope they enjoy their UK visit!

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    1. You're right - friends who laugh at encounters with tigers and crocodiles are simply the best!

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  3. How exiting! I hope you both have a lovely holiday and Im sure Jo is enjoying having you there.

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    1. I am, indeed, having a wonderful time!

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  4. How amazing! I love it when things/people come full circle.

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    1. It's been wonderful having them here.

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  5. I hope you're having a lovely time with them, Jo. How exciting that they've come to visit.

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    1. We've had such a lovely time!

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  6. Thank you very much Jo for your hospitality. We are very much happy here with you and you have looked after us very well. Thank you !
    Tika and Shobah

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    1. You are very welcome. It's been so lovely having you to stay and showing you my country.

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  7. Oh how lovely for you all to get together here! Hope you're having a wonderful time...

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  8. Yo're so lucky to have such wonderful friendships. Luck is just one part, though, you probably work hard at keeping those friendships. Good friendships like these pay off in the end. They look so lovely. This post reminds me of my home country and people who very selflessly go out of their way to make foreigners feel at home. Thank you, I really loved this post. It restores my faith in humanity. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  9. Thank you for this - my experience, in your home county and in many of those in the UK might define as 'less developed' - is of people making countless generous, selfless efforts to make visitors welcome. We have a lot to learn.

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