More impressions of Nepal : Coach travel
No matter how tired, or how long the journey was, I could not permit myself to sleep on the coach. I would prop myself by the window, camera at the ready and all because – the Nepalese countryside had a hypnotic effect on me – I feared I might miss something!
Fascinated, we drove along through the bustling towns and villages, blossoming marigolds and lush plant life surrounded us. The roads were under constant construction as the land slides played havoc with the countryside.
I thought of all the paintings I might some day get around to as I excitedly mixed the colour palletes in my mind and tried to permanently fix on these vibrant views …….. some day, I thought to myself, I will paint these memories!
On the road to Chitwan from Nagarkot, the journey takes us 6 hours along the main route between Tibet and Kathmandu. Opting for the front seat of the bus and a panoramic view, we could also see the oncoming traffic. High speed, pot-holed roads, absent road markings, just the constancy of the all too familiar sound “Beep-Beep”, we overtake a truck that is overtaking a truck, then a tourist coach, a lorry carrying all manner of goods, a stray cow or a buffalo – one big long roller coaster ride!
Our driver, always calm and composed, with a quiet determination to reach a timely destination, shows no sign of road-rage, dishevellment, does not swear, nor sweat, nor shake an angry fist in this mayhem – it is just another day on the road – this is how it is!
What an interesting place to visit! Have you been?