Terrace and Tea, Cold and coffee, Stress and Smoke, Bed and Books they share not just the initials but have created some unforgettable memories of our life. At times it’s the need of the hour and sometimes just a comfort of our demanding schedule. But heard of Maggie & Mountains? It is hands down the most comforting combo. If you have little clue of what I am saying, get ready for an emotional rollercoaster.
Lets explore comfort of tough terrains
Imagine, you are covered with multiple layers of clothes, your nose dry af, eyes watering, you can even hear the your teeth chatter.But you don’t care. Your worries, ego, anxiety everything feels so insignificant in front of this massive stretch of mountains. The freshness of the breeze purifying all the unnecessary toxins that you have gathered over. Life seems so simple easy and light. You can literally feel your soul unleashing itself making you feel like a bird. You feel so accomplished that you are ready to embrace any level of so called physical discomfort.
Little care is just what you need
This was on my way to visit The Nathula pass. The scenery outside the car’s window was beautiful. The cool breezy weather, the freshness in the air, the floating clouds and the narrow hill roads took me to a beautiful state of mind.The driver broke my chain of thoughts as he turned and asked
“Madam, we will take a short break here, you can have some refreshments here.”
There was a small family-run shop. I ordered a cup of tea and sat at a distance just gazing at the mountains. I felt a sense of accomplishment that I could finally make it to the mountains all by myself.I noticed a little girl walking towards me with a cup of hot tea and a steamy bowl of Maggie noodles.
I was surprised as I didn’t order for it. She sat beside me and insisted me to have that Maggie. Initially I resisted but couldn’t say no when she started feeding me. I was so moved to tears by her gesture. She started talking to me about her puppies, her love for noodles and her best friend in school. It felt like she knew me for ages.
She noticed my watery eyes and wiped my tears with her little hands. The innocent soul thought spicy noodles made me cry. She ran and got me two candies. I couldn’t hold myself back and gave her a tight hug.
The driver honked. “Time to go!”.I cleared the bill, wave goodbye to the little angel and sat inside the car. My journey continued. We never met again but her thoughts never faded away.
That day I realised, simplicity and innocence are the only treasures of life. These treasures are within us. Travel just gives us a chance to meet our true self and value those treasures.
Memories- the priceless treasure!
I also realised Maggie for people in the mountains are a means to livelihood. It’s a huge source of income for them.It’s a life saver for travelers. It’s a beautiful opportunity to strike of conversations with fellow travelers with whom you meet while you taking rest in-between your breathtaking journey to explore the unexplored. You exchange your travel experience and gain a lot of information from them.And of course, you get to talk to the native people and if lucky get an opportunity to sneak into their day to day life.
Every time you decide to take a pitstop for some maggie, you end up making some unforgettable memories that stays with you all your life.
That was my story of Maggie and Mountains! Do share with me your story in the comment section below.
To know more about my solo venture to Sikkim click Sikkim- the land of mist and mountains
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Lots of love!