旅行三件事    Day 48

I brought a skirt for Rs250 which I wore for my remaining days in Nepal.
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10月22日 Pokhara

今天繼續幹人生四件大事,兼旅行三件事:上網、看書、寫日記。老實說,Pokhara 的 lakeside 是個很不錯的休整地方,尤其徒步回來,身心皆疲之時,這兒提供大量專門招呼遊客但價格便宜(就算以中國的消費水平來比仍然很便宜)、情調服務不錯的餐廳。住在 Lakeside 的都是徒步者或背包驢,沒有旅行圑蹤影。因此這裡既有熟悉的群體(遊客),卻沒有使人厭煩的喧鬧(旅行圑),感覺既安全又抽離。我終日留連在不同的餐廳、小吃店裡,看書也看人。其中一家小吃店內長年坐著兩個中壯年白人,赤膊短胯,額束頭巾,完全是年紀老去嬉皮士的模樣。當其中一人在彈結他時(很country那種),另一人就嘮嘮叨叨地說往事,閉眼聽來,說者的抑揚頓挫跟結他的調子節拍配合得天衣無縫,不知情者還以為他倆是合作無間的 country rapper 呢!過了一會,附近一家士多的老板走過來,配合著結他調子唱起歌來,聲音曼妙,唱的是英文,都是甚麼 love is all around 等濫詞,不過他乃即場發揮(improvise),想不到小小村莊也臥虎藏龍。老板過了一回唱歌癮後便離去,換上場的是一個高大的女子,類似法屬太平洋島嶼的人,提著水彩畫冊過來坐下,不久也配合結他調子哼起來,沒有歌詞,只是發出啊呀等音節,但她的嗓子渾厚,中音甜、低音準,把我聽得如痴如醉。就這樣,我在那家小吃店消磨了三個小時。

晚上無法上網,因全鎮唯一的網絡伺候器垮了...只好加倍努力幹旅行三件事中的其餘兩事。

宿:Butterfly Lodge, 300盧比, (US4.7)


about images 3-4:

I spent 3 days at the lakeside area of Pokhara.

On day 2, I decided to take a walk.

I came to a small dock where dozens of boats were ferrying locals to and from a tiny island on Lake Phewa. I hopped on one, paid Rs20, didn't know what to expect, and voila; I landed on an island where a small hindu temple stood. Numerous hindu dressed in colorful costumes were lining up to enter the tiny temple. It was at that moment I realized all the buzz around me; the colorful clothes, lodging price hike, high volume of lake traffic; had to do with the biggest festival of the year: Dashain