“Oh you’re going to India? I would love to go to India but I’m too scared because [insert all manner of fears].” If I had a burrito for every time someone said a variation of that line to me when I told them I was going to India, I estimate I would have about 50 burritos (and some serious heartburn).
It don’t matter if shuffling the streets of Mumbai or being horizontal on the beaches of Kerala is your thing, India will deliver something that’s totally you, even if ‘what’s you’ is lurching between street vendors and cramming panipuri in your mouth like an automaton.
Two weeks ago we flew Darrell Wade (Intrepid founder) and his wife Anna (from our not-for-profit organization The Intrepid Foundation) into the Nepalese Himalayas. We wanted to see the effect our Earthquake Appeal campaign was having on the ground, check in with some of our Nepal friends and assess trekking conditions on the routes we use. It was an eye opening experience.
In the weeks after an earthquake struck Nepal we spent a lot of time searching the web for images of the disaster. Most shots were depressingly familiar: piles of rubble, collapsed walls, trails washed away. But many more were filled with something else: hope.
“Tourism creates jobs, jobs support families.” All your Nepal questions answered by our man on the ground
Nicholas Cowie lives with his wife and children in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. He was there when the earthquake struck on April 25th, when pictures fell from the walls and the ground snaked and shook beneath his adopted hometown.
The traditional greeting in Nepal is ‘namaste’, spoken with a slight bow and the palms pressed gently together. It’s the acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul of another, and there’s no gesture or word that better sums up the spirit of Nepal.
Our Intrepid Foodies are like a culinary team of super heroes. And whenever the earth is threatened (or we’re hungry for new food adventures) they swoop in and give us the low down on must-try dishes, authentic local recipes and the scrumptious secrets that make their destinations tick. They’re like The Avengers, but with added quinoa.