Big things we learned in Nepal
I’m going to reconsider stuff we throw away as we move into buslife. If it doesn’t go away, where does it go?
2. Resources are finite. If they run out, people miss out. In 2016 the border crossing between India and Nepal was closed. No gas or petrol could get through. Nepal ground to a halt. Rich folks paid for alternatives, had spare anyway, or could buy what they needed on the black market. Poor folks had none and got cold, hungry and sick. Stuff ran out, people missed out.
3. Happiness is not proportional to wealth, beyond basic needs. That is, if I have food, shelter, warmth, safety, and opportunities, I won’t get any happier than I already am by being richer. More relevant to us in Australia is the converse; if I give away everything I have except the necessities; food, shelter, warmth, safety and opportunities, I won’t be any LESS happy. Hmmm, do I believe that enough to test it out?? The great thing about living in a bus is there’s not much room for stuff to begin with!
Little things we learned
- leftovers can actually just be eaten cold, just the way they are
- leftover rice, porridge, biscuit crumbs and uneaten soggy weetbix can all be thrown into the bread maker and turned into bread.
- leftover rice can be cooked up into rice pudding.
- sour milk or dodgy yoghurt makes lovely cheese or pancakes.
- leftover veggies or meat or cheese can be added to fried rice or biryani or a kind of Nepali style bubble’n’squeak.
In my bus we also have a small fridge and no microwave, I’m gonna keep using these ideas.