“I am going to Nepal!” I exclaimed. My family just looked at me and said nothing. I think they didn’t really know what to say. Honestly, what do you say when your 20-year-old child says they are going to Nepal. Nothing, I guess. They are used to my new wishes and desires as I change them quite often. I guess they didn’t think I was serious about this, but I really am.
I already booked a plane ticket, packed my bags and I am ready to go. I didn’t want to say anything to my parents until the last minute because they are known for finding the travel plans. I saved some money by working over the summer and I decided to go to Nepal for 14 days. I am travelling with Qatar Airways to Kathmandu, where I will spend 2 or 3 days and then I will see where I want to go. I haven’t really planned where to go and what places to see so I will just go wherever. I am so excited. I can feel my heart racing and my palms getting sweaty. I wanted to visit Nepal since I first saw a travelling commercial about it 5 or 6 years ago.
I said goodbye to my parents and went through a security check. I am finally on my way.
As soon as I arrived, I was hit with different smells, colors, voices, languages, and people. It was a nice and sunny day, a perfect day to explore. I had to take a small bus from the airport to the city itself, but it gave me a chance to rest a bit and enjoy the nature. I brought two small bags, so it wasn’t to hard to walk around the city on my first day. I still have to find a place to stay for the next few days.
I noticed there are a lot of places one can eat at, so I decided to get some food as I was starving. It was a weird looking meal with a lot of yellow, orange and brown colors, but the food was delicious.
I kept on walking and saw a small hotel sign. I decided it was time to take a break as I was exhausted. I entered and an old lady invited me in. we greeted each other and I booked a small single-bed room. I went upstairs and unlocked my room. It was pretty small but seemed cozy and clean. I started unpacking when someone knocked on my door. A small boy, probably 10 or 11, was standing in front of me. He looked scared. “Hi, are you ok?’ I said. He didn’t say anything. He gave me an envelope and ran away. I closed the door and opened the envelope. It read:
Strangers are not welcome here. They don’t know what happens here.
They don’t understand. It is safer if you go home.
“Well, that’s a cliché.” In every movie you have a scene like this. A stranger comes to a place and gets a warning that he or she should leave. I always found it stupid. I will just ignore this. I came her for 2 weeks and that is how long I plan on staying. This is just a prank by the owner of the hotel.
I brushed my teeth and went to sleep. I need to wake up early to see as much as I can. I can finally explore the city.
Downstairs, in the lobby, an older man and a woman sat in their chairs.
“Looks like she didn’t take the warning seriously. Told you that won’t work” the lady said in a low, hoarse voice.
“Well, I guess she will see for herself then. This place isn’t for everybody. And it is not up to us to force her to go. She will see enough in the next few days.” The older man said. The lights in the lobby flickered.
“I think it is time for us to go.” As they neared an exit, the lady looked back. The lobby looked spooky and dark, unlike its usual colorful and open look. She felt her heart race. She was ready to run from this place. I hope He won’t do anything to the girl. She seemed nice. Hopefully, he will see that too. With hat last thought, she turned and walked onto a street. The girl was left alone in a hotel.
PS: I hope no one will feel offended that I am portraying Nepal like this. It is not my personal opinion and I just wrote this as a short story, nothing more. I hope you enjoyed the story.