I had this crazy idea to some people to come visit your country for 2 months during difficult times for me in Canada but also difficult times for you the people of Nepal. For me, it was a golden opportunity to leave things on pause in Canada and try to do some good in another country. A lot of people these days, see Nepal as a broken place due to the 7.8 earthquake that left Nepal devastated, even now. As a regular traveler, I knew about the rich culture, nice people and beautiful scenery waiting to be discovered. What I experienced, upon entering the country, was beyond my expectations. For example, in the first few weeks I experienced the biggest culture shock in my travel history. I was accepted into a wonderful family and made amazing friends. They gave me a place I can call home, fed me, taught me to speak Nepalese. Most important of all, they provided me with security. My Nepali mother, father and brother looked out for my health and safety. Ex-military and black belt friends gave me their numbers to contact in case I run into trouble (which I did not).
Through my Nepali family, I had the chance to teach English and French to the most brilliant students of the Kathmandu National School. Through my Nepali friends in Pokhara, I was given the best tour to all areas of Pokhara. I was even able to go trekking for 4 days in the beautiful Himalayas of Nepal. The thing that still shocks me the most, is the fact that the Nepali people work not 5 days a week but 6 days a week. Yep you heard me. They only get 1 day out of the week to relax. Out of this whole experience I have learned to always try new things. Go against other people's opinions, make your own choices, and face your own fears. Why? Because that is how you become the person you have always wanted to be. If you do the same thing everyday you'll always be the same.