you're in Nepal...
quality time with Nepalis. Smile and start conversations
in lodges, restaurants and shops. Nepalis are
some of the friendliest people I have ever met.
the local language. If you hire a guide or a porter
have them teach you some basic Nepali words and
phrases. In return, teach them words in your native
language. Many guides and porters recognize the
importance of learning a second language and are
eager to learn.
be an ignorant traveler. Take a look around you.
Dress in Nepal is casual but modest. No short
shorts. Keep your shirts on and loose.
tummy. Bring a sturdy water bottle and purification
tablets. Do not eat food that appears to have
been sitting around for a while. Eat only in places
that appear to be clean. To be environmentally
friendly avoid using bottled water when possible.
learns to bargain...
doing your shopping in this part of the world
it is perfectly acceptable to bargain. So it will
be up to you to perfect the art of bargaining.
Have an idea in your mind of the highest price
you are willing to pay and stick with it. I prefer
asking the shopkeeper the price first and then
usually offer half of the offered price. Approach
bargaining with a "can-do-without" attitude and
be prepared to walk away if there is no movement
on the other side. Shop around and compare. Many
merchants offer the same or similar merchandise.
Prices can vary dramatically and there are great
bargains to be had.
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