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Mero Sathi Project 2016 in Nepal Daily Report 6th day (18th Feb)

Mero Sathi Project 2016 in Nepal
Daily Report 6th day (18th Feb)
Traveling to Sikles from Pokhara

How does it feel to someone who has never ever travelled off road in his/hers entire life? How does it feel to someone who has never experienced a mountain life? How will someone react when s/he is said that they will have to adjust with the bumpy ride all throughout the journey? These questions seem exasperating, doesn’t it? But this is how the students of Mero Sathi 2016 had to... travel from Pokhara to Sikles which was a ride of approximately 4 hours.
Sikles lies in the lap of Himalayas, in the mountain region of Nepal perched at the attitude of 2000 meters. A beautiful panorama of various mountains can be seen from the village where the students were being accommodated. Everybody seemed excited to visit that place.
The students were divided into 2 groups to go to Sikles. The first group was stuffed no less like cattle’s stuffed in a mini truck due to the limited number of seats in the vehicle. Whereas the second group though having the privilege of enjoying empty seats had to face a difficult time adjusting in the unstable seats of the Sumo. As a whole, nobody had a relaxing or a comfortable ride. Nevertheless everybody was perseverant till they reached Sikles because they knew something wonderful was waiting for them.
The sumo stopped at a small hotel for some snacks and resumed its journey right after everybody was refreshed. In less than 2 hours, the Mero Sathi -2016 team reached Sikles and was accommodated in “Namaste Guest House” owned by a Gurung family. Sikles is also known as a Gurung community with majority of household belonging to Gurung ethnicity and minority belonging to Kami and Dalits which are considered to be of other caste/ethnic groups.
Soon as the sun started to set in the west, it was time for the dinner where the owner of the Guest house entertained the team with the welcome drink which was a local alcohol made up of maize and local Gurung dinner consisting rice, curry and salad. And right after that, the students continued with their interaction with each other and ended the tedious day.
(By Bibhuti Malla)

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