Nepal April 2005




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If it moved, it was carrying something, whether that was a woman or man going to market, or coming home from the fields, or working.

The same was true for bicycles, motorcycles, cars, jitneys, vans, everything. As if there was no room for wasted energy, if you were going someplace, carry something.

This gave me the impression that Nepal's "ring", the freeway that circles Kathmandu, is what the Internet must feel like: thousands of packets, all different shapes and sizes, being carried to their destinations, some big fat rich data busses, others a small single e-mail packet.

Our car was never left empty for very long. And on the long voyage to Mhanegang, there were 12 people carefully layered in the back (and one young man we picked up part way through the trip who sat on the roof).