Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Why would you want to move to Nepal?

So I always am asked, "Why would you want to move to Nepal?" Here are just a few of the reasons I have for the move;

1) Experience. This one kind of goes without saying and is what many assume is the only reason. I Have always wanted to stay for an extended period in one country as opposed to moving quickly from one to the next. This gives the opportunity to form some real friendships, learn something about local customs and language, as well as expose oneself to a different way of living.

2) Climate. This is not a tropical paradise by any means, but Kathmandu sits at about the same latitude as Tampa Florida, though the elevation makes the temperatures swing a bit more. That said it is much warmer than Maine, and the average lows in the coldest months are still above freezing, much better than the frequent sub-zero temps we endure. The drastic elevation changes in Nepal allows for some variation at any time of the year as well.

3) Time. America is a busy culture, we are obsessed with doing things constantly and we make very productive use of our time. That can be a great quality, but as it spills over into your personal life and you begin to shut out what you actually love in life for more productive time to make money there is a balance that has been abandoned. Nepal takes life at a slower pace, and a little extra time to talk over tea is what I'm looking for at the moment.

4) Hiking. I love hiking and Nepal offers trekking that is unlike any other place on the planet. Not only does the terrain consist of the highest mountains on earth, some jungle and Tibetan plateau, it also has the cultural experience of the tea-houses and villages that you stay in over the course of the hike. Some of my most fond memories in life are on Nepali hiking trails.

5) Simpler Life. Maybe this is in part a combination of point number 1 and number 3, but it is just the desire to get away from do I say this without sounding like a dirty hippy...a cluttered consumer culture. As I become an increasingly bigger fan of a fairly Spartan lifestyle I find that I would rather work less and just have a cheap lifestyle, and few places are cheaper than Nepal.

6) Volunteer. I would love to take some of my time while I'm over there and try to volunteer in some capacity to help out people that are truly disadvantaged. I will very likely look into some kind of teaching or coaching opportunity while I am there.

Then there is always things like what an amazing city Kathmandu is, how unique a place it is, and how friendly the Nepali people are. There is the natural beauty of the country, its proximity to other places I want to visit China, parts of central Asia and Bhutan, and that certain satisfaction one can take from finding something a little crazy that they have wanted to do and having the courage to go through with it. Even if my move there is a dismal failure and I come home poor and jobless, it far better than to remain comfortable but always have wondered what might have been.


  1. Hi Brain,

    I wish you and Kim well on your next adventure. I have been doing a little reading re Nepal and I am not as freaked out. If you two are still there in 6 months, I would like to come over and visit, we will see.

    It may be hard to believe, but when I first went to europe in the sixties, things were a lot slower, especially in Greece and Italy. Evenings people would come down to the waterfront sidewalks and stroll up and down for two hours! Say hello to friends and neighbors, perhaps have a two or threw hour supper at the open air restaurants. The speeding up of life has some heavy trade offs.


  2. Glad to her you aren't freaked out! Aside from the slight political turmoil, I felt safer in Nepal than just about any place we have been. It would be great to have you come and visit! Kathmandu is an exciting and unique city, and I hear the Himalaya offer a little more verticle hiking than you get there in Florida..heh.

  3. How's it going over there now? I'm thinking about moving for some of the same reasons - oh, yeah, I'm a Buddhist, too. How much can a small family live on over there? Is it dog friendly?

  4. Sent you an e-mail Kelly, and hope the information helps!

  5. Dear Brian
    Have been reading your blog and love all the info and adventures. I lived in Kathmandu for 8 months and two years ago had taken my husband on a trip there. He is from the USA and I am from SA. It has been my dream to go back and live there. We started a project to collect school supplies and back packs for a school in the valley. I also entered a competition and won a sponsorship to build a water tank for the school. We will be there in Feb for one month. Looking forward to our trip as we hope to this project on an ongoing basis. Hopefully we can meet up there.


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