Sunday, 5 February 2017
31-year-old migrant worker from Biratnagar was in a Saudi jail, waiting for his turn to be beheaded. "Every month, one of us would be dragged away to be executed," he recalls. "I was always afraid I would be next.” After spending seven years in jail in Saudi Arabia, Chimariya was finally handed a travel document and sent home last month. He is now in Kathmandu, and is asking: “Why did my government abandon me to rot in Saudi Arabia?” Chimariya was all set to return to Nepal in 2010 after working for three years in a Dammam-based pesticide company. He had moved to Jeddha, and was waiting for a plane ticket for the flight home. One night while watching an old Bollywood movie with his friends, a team of Saudi policemen barged into their room and took him away. They charged him with murdering a migrant worker from India’s Uttar Pradesh. Once in police custody, Chimariya learnt that 10 other Nepali and five Indian migrant workers were also charged in connection with the same murder. They were tortured during three months of interrogation, then transferred to a Jeddah jail.
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.