Magic Shoes From Nepal

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“Hello my friend! Allow me please to make you magic shoes for your trip home!” Om Mani Karki was his name. He joyfully told me that his friends call him Om and that I of course was one of his dear friends. So Om it was. Easy to remember easy to pronounce. I was staying at Om’s hotel in Naudanda, Nepal. At the base of the Annapurna range of foothills on the edge of the majestic Himalayan peaks, Om’s hotel was a cinder block building overlooking the town and had an awesome view of the deep freshwater lake that was the focal point of the town. In my view it was the proximity to some of the highest mountain peaks in the world that was focal to Naudanda but the locals were very fond of their lake.

Om knew that I was beginning my trip home and he also knew of my fondness for one of the local delicacies-hashish. In fact I was under its influence at the moment Om walked into my room. “Magic Shoes! Magic Shoes! Please let me make you some magic shoes so you may enjoy a bit of Naudanda when you return to your country.” And there it was. Om explained to me in great detail how he had many times in the past secured an ounce or so of hashish under the insole of one or another of his esteemed guests here at his cinder block Taj Mahal and off they went on their merry way.

And that’s how it was that I was sitting in a taxi driven by fierce looking turbaned men, in one of the most populated cities in the world,dressed like a castaway banker from the 70’s with an ounce or so of hashish secured under the insole of my Nike high top sneakers. Had I been able to see into the future I would have recognized the idiocy of everything about this scene. Unfortunately I was a lot of things but clairvoyant was not one of them. So as the taxi came to an abrupt stop in front of the Bombay Airport I grabbed my backpack-allowed my drivers to rob me and stepped out into what would become one ofmany not so wise decisions in my life

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poetlorraine 7 years ago

oh dear...... looking forward to hearing more.

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Yikes...a long, long time ago...

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PegCole17 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Uh oh. Unwise decisions? We've all made a few of those. Can't wait to hear how this develops. You've got a good one going here.

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donna bamford 7 years ago from Canada

You write well Mordechai - I was in Nepal too for a month in 1968. Unfortunately my experiences with hashish weren't all that pleasant. But that is anothre story. I too his hashish n a purse and had no trouble taking it back to India. it just made me nervous however. More anon. Where else did you go on your trip? How long ago was it? How long were you away? I was away in Europe and the East for 11 months. But that is long ago.....

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Thank you for the compliment Donna. I appreciate it. I did two separate trips between 1984-1987, both of them I was gone for around a year. Just me and backpack. Each time I started in Israel on communal farming settlement. I worked in the bananas. From there I was in egypt,turkey,thailand, nepal, india, kenya,tanzania and malawi. After the first trip I was ruined as far as the inane existence of "normal" life. Oh well. I faked it for many years. Probably too much info. Take Care

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cosette 7 years ago

Mt. Everest is my favorite mountain ever. it holds a lot of magic of its own, i suspect. i don't know why, but this hub made me smile.

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donna bamford 7 years ago from Canada

I know what you mean though Zoltan - I had trouble reentering society aftre my year of travelling. Did you get to Europe? I spent four years there ten years after my first

year of travel. Frankly i found the East quite daunting - Europe was a more happy experience for me. i thought of working on a kibbutz but instead ended up in India and Nepal-traveling overland. Couldn't get back. Did you ever

read a book called The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maughm - I think you would enjoy it!

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment Cosette-Its a good day for me if I made someone smile! Donna, funny thing I read that book when I was doing those travels. I love Somerset Muaghm,,,what are some other good books?

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Laura in Denver 7 years ago from Aurora

Interesting, thank you!

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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Cliff hanger! I'm holding you to your declaration of more...

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wordscribe41 7 years ago

Fascinating hub, am looking forward to the next chapter. Wonderfully written, by the way.

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Thank you very much for the compliment Wordscribe-I very much appreciate it!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful read;thanks for sharing and i now look forward to so many more to follow.


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MordechaiZoltan 4 years ago Author

Thank you for reading eddy!

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