Thursday, 22 September 2016
The India-Nepal border was under a blockade that slowed the import of key goods into the landlocked nation down to a trickle. The blockade ended Feb. 5 but the conditions that produced it remain. The restriction barring trade into Nepal was the work of the country's three-party United Democratic Madhesi Front, which is against the newly adopted Nepalese Constitution. Starting in late September, the border shutdown limited the transport of fuel, medicine and other essential goods. The constitution in question — deliberated over for nearly a decade following the Nepalese civil war — mandates carving the former Hindu kingdom into several federal provinces. But the Madhesi ethnic group fears that splitting its Terai lowland homeland, located along the Indian border, will marginalize it relative to the upper-caste groups that have historically dominated Nepalese politics. This is not just a domestic issue: Some in Nepal believe India had a hand in the blockade as well, and not without reason. India is looking to maintain its influence in Nepalese politics through the Madhesi, and Nepal, for its part, has trouble escaping the influence of a country it so heavily depends on for trade.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.