Time to let other people speak. People who are acutually living and working in the countries we are talking about.
The two questions are always the same:
"What do you think of Tourists in your country?" And "What is special about your country?"
I try to get as much as different people and answers as possible to create a little overview, how we touris are actually seen in other cultures and how the people see their own country.
Always remember: you are a stranger in almost every country (...but your own) :)
To see the Interviews click on the links below.
Mahmood comes from Persia and studies Biomedicine in Australia and sees it as a home for now. He drives uber (a cheaper version of taxi, a lot of people do it as a side job) to teach himself the surroundings and streets of his city Adelaide. Also he loves to talk to people and uber gives a great opportunity for doing this. Mahmood's passion and interest lies in cultures and languages, he knows a lot of interesting fact about both, including religion and meanings of names and words. We had a lovely chat so I asked him, if I could publish his answers here.
Bishal was one of the first friends I made in Nepal. He and his friends run the fireflies Hostel in Thamel, Kathmandu (best Hostel in Nepal, I would say!). He was celebrating Holi with me and with people like Bishal and the rest of the fireflies crew it is no wonder, that the fireflies is one of the most welcoming, warmest, happiest and most beautiful places I've been to. They do a great job there and create a family with all the travelers. A home far from home is true here. Hope I'll be back soon!
Tala Dolma had to leave her country Tibet when she was 7 years old.
When I bought two necklaces for my future Au Pair Kids I got the chance to talk to her for almost two hours. She told me about her feelings as a refugee in Nepal, about the situation in Tibet and in the refugee camps and told me how to get there. I spend an afternoon in the camp but nothing I heard or saw was as touching as Tala was, with her great honesty and her willpower to not give up. I can only hope the future will bring her and Tibet freedom and justice.
PLAN International is a worldwide non-gouvernment-organization which fights for children's rights and well-being. In Nepal I got the chance to visit some of their projects.