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The City of Kathmandu
Submitted by Amber on 2007-02-22 06:16:41 (via www.worldtravelstories.com)
Nepal seems to be a lot like India when it comes to living conditions. Kathmandu - a very exotic city, with a maze of streets and many young people pretending to be students, wanting to practice their English and show you around. Do you think that is for free?
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Submitted by roxy on 2007-02-22 08:28:53
That was shocking, and what would happen if the tourist refused to pay the "students"? Would kill him? Doubt that police would help them in this situation...
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-07-21 17:10:38
Thanks for the link. Actually, the information is not true. In Kathmandu, you can find tourist guides with proper identity card issued by the Government. It is illegal to guide tourists with out tourist guide ID. It is possible that the tourist guide might also be a student but that is not necessary. When a tourist inquires of something, people may help them but they do not ask money for. Helping tourist to learn language or ask money or drug from tourist was a practice of 50s or before that. Now, most of the young students know English well and they do not approach tourists for that. Students do not ask money from foreigner. Those might be the street vendors or beggars who knows few little English and try to cheat tourists saying 'guide' or students or something. I have not heard crimes by tourist guides.
 
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-08-07 07:57:21
I think they were the guide not the student that's why they asked for the money ..They guided all the places and streets so probably they've asked for the commission.
I don;t think they were trying to rob or killed him if that was the case than they wouldn't have escorted him back to his hotel.

also, who will do the work without pay?
so..... money talks......
Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-07-21 15:45:02
i loved these differences in culture! what better way to make money than to get up and do something, like taking people around the town you know and love, instead of paying an agency that will get more of the money you pay then the person doing the work. the horns beeping constantly and eratic driving are also a special piece of southern asian culture. i kinda like it, the horn is a wonderful way to communicate. and communications seems to be a good thing (though we did get a small accident during our stay there).
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