This issue isn’t unique to people from different cultures.
When I asked my Nepali boyfriend if there was anything I needed to know about how to behave in his village, he thought for a few moments. Village people don’t understand.” That seems easy enough to me!
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About Elen Turner Elen Turner is a full-time travel writer and editor based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
She has led previous lives in the USA, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and the UK.
Life in an economically poor country may come with specific challenges, but not everyone actually wants to leave permanently. Both my boyfriend and I have careers that enable a lot of travel—me as a freelance writer and editor, he as an outdoor adventure sport guide—so if we decide we want to be together long-term, the potential to travel together, or divide our time between our home countries, is on the cards. It may be one small component, the cause of an initial spark, but unless there’s something more, it’s unlikely to lead to a deeper relationship.
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