An up...The women of Nepal are just incredible and hard working. From carrying heavy stone and foliage in baskets on their backs, to keeping house and cooking and taking care of families and livestock and running businesses, there doesn't seem to be anything they can't do.
Down...the woman who tricked me into buying milk for her starving baby by holding up a small empty bottle. "Please, no money, just buy some milk for my poor hungry baby." So next thing I know I'm walking into a grocery store and she's pulling a $20 box of instant carnation off the shelf! I don't think so lady. I still helped her out with a $5 box of carnation- sucker that I am- but I sure learned my lesson.
Up...all of the amazing people at OneSeed Nepal. Tek and Bishnu our office managers, and Kale, Meena, Lal, Keshar, and D-Pak. They all really made my trekking experience such a pleasure.
Down...the Nepali men I've met along the way that are looking for their pretty American meal ticket, or should I say 'green card,' who come on really strong and are quick to mention how much money they have or land they own, or how attractive a match they are for all of the Nepali girls, although they prefer the pale skin of a pretty Canadian or American girl.
Up...the really adorable kids that kidnaped my camera and scarf in Chisopani and left me with the cutest keepsake pictures.
Down...the kids that kept blocking the road with string and bamboo poles insisting we give them money on Sheeva's birthday. I don't understand the tradition, and it was endearing at first, but after a while it was obnoxious and I started resenting the whole thing.
Up...the friendly and helpful hotel managers
Down...the pushy hotel managers or sneaky guides that are always just trying to make a buck off of a naive tourist. I get that it's their living but in the words of Kale Sherpa "Come on?!"
Up...all the people that greet you with a smile and a friendly Namaste and are willing to help you when your lost or in need without asking for anything in return.