Travel in Nepal

In the U.S., it is sometimes fun to read bumper stickers on cars when you are traveling on long trips.  In Nepal, there aren’t bumper stickers – but the trucks and buses are painted in amazing colors and designs and have pithy sayings painted on them as well.  Recently we made a quick trip into Kathmandu to meet an old and dear friend who was only in the country for 5 days.


He wasn’t able to come to Tansen, so we decided to hire a car and go in on Sat. and return on Sun.  The trip was about 8 hours each way.

We really enjoyed our visit with Max in KTM – it was wonderful to see him and to get to catch up on his news.  We also got to visit with our other good friends, Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman.  We had a tasty meal at The Lazy Gringo – a great Mexican restaurant in KTM!  Sunday morning we were blessed by enjoying pancakes and French toast with Zimmermans.

Navajo Taco and coke!

On our return trip, it was rainy and chilly – and we had to stop for awhile due to a minor accident.  (We are thankful it was only minor and that we were only waiting in the line for the road to be cleared.)

Waiting in line

Truck front

Anyway – we thought it would be fun to record some of the sayings we read on the trucks along the road, and ones we passed along the way.  Speed Control. Speed Limit.  Road King.  See You.  Horn Please.  At Night Use Dipper.  Blessings of Father and Mother.  Miss You.  Love Star.  Slow Drive – Long Life.  Blind Love.  Bad Boy.  Wait for Signal.  Road Star.  Off Road Express.  Being Human.  Love is Love.  Push Horn.  Don’t Die from a Broken Heart.   (I kind of liked this one)– Dount Toch.  (I think the painter got the U in the wrong spot….)

See You

It’s an adventure – using your horn means watch out, here I come!  Blinking your lights means about the same thing.  When you are behind a slow vehicle and want to pass, the front vehicle will put on the right turn signal if it is clear, and the left one if not.  (Remember we are driving on the left here – when we aren’t in the middle of the road.)  To use the dipper at night means to dim your headlights.  We were terrified during one part of the journey where the oncoming lights were so blinding, we couldn’t see the people/cycles/animals that were on the side of the road.  We closed our eyes and prayed for our driver!

We were thankful for another safe trip when we arrived in Tansen.  It was good to be home.



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7 responses to “Travel in Nepal

  1. Sarah Acland

    Very brave to hire a car! But lovely to see Max, what was he up to?

  2. Margaret Fain

    Cool! Glad you got safely back to Tansen!! Reminds us of the colorful trucks in Mexico &So.America. Looks equally dangerous too! Love, Maggie

  3. Risto Gobius

    Wow! Max! How I’d love to have a conversation with him! And you brought back a million other memories, especially of praying for safety in busses! I rmember the mini-bus that crashed near Tansen and brought also a Japanese and English long- term patient. When I told the rest how we prayed on that particular mini-bus, they replied ” Yes, but in your case it worked!” The best qoute from our time in Nepal, came from thew English daily newspaper : something like ” Bigamy is against the law in Nepal, and the penalty is two mothers-in-law”!

  4. Romy

    Beautiful letter. Thanks. Please extend my greetings to to the Zimmermans.

  5. Ali

    Max really enjoyed seeing you both and appreciated that you came all the way in to KTM

  6. Val Watson

    Glad you had a good trip even if a short one. Also good to catch up with old friends.

  7. Chuda

    Nice to read your experience from Nepal. I miss my Nepal

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