When people come to know that I’ve been in Nepal for a couple of months, they ask me: before or after the earthquake. And I have to answer: before, DURING & after. Then you can see the interested look in their eyes. And of course they ask the careful question: And how was it?
How it was: First of all…it shaked. And it sounds funny, but first you don’t realize what is going on. It was my first earthquake, and at the beginning you can’t imagine the consequences.
You only know: the earth is shaking, and that damn strong!
What people may tell about the quake depends on WHERE they have experienced it:
In the house but on the ground floor: you can run out and avoid the house collapsing on you.
In the house but on the first, second or above floor: there you need more luck.
Outside the house: its shaking but…you don’t think that you’re going to get hurt or worse. So no reason for getting hysterical. That was MY experience.
Hard stuff: harder to cope with are the afterquakes and the aftershocks (which are still happening in summer in KTM). You have seen the damages, watch the death toll rising. And an aftershock means: its not yet over.
The best thing that you can do in this situation is: stay CALM and HELP!
Driving through a destroyed city is worst than the earthquake itself.
But carrying away bricks from the destroyed temples and builings gave us the feeling of doing something against the disaster.
My whole respect goes to the brave nepali people, who immediately started to rebuild their cities; BUT also to the tourists which had NOT LEFT the country in hysteria – but carried away the bricks side by side with the locals.
And because I love Nepal so much I say from the bottom of my heart: THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!