"Man... I forgot the bread!" I said to my friend Ben as two swans emerged from the water to us... "You know it's not natural to their diet, it will not digest!" frowned Ben in reply.
Here in the Marine Park Nature Trail in Brooklyn New York - the two swans here are pretty much domesticated, they walk right up to you and expect lunch. Is it wrong to feed them? Most probably, but the temptation to have that "connection" with such a majestic animal is irresistible.
I did not expect to see this, but Nepal is like little Tibet now. The story goes that Tibetan refugees fled to Nepal, India and Bhutan (its Himalayan neighbors) when China started making trouble for them starting the middle of the 20th century.
Before this, Buddhism was not as wide-spread in Nepal; and where it did exist it consisted mainly of Indian Vajrayana and south-east Asia Theravada traditions. But now Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism is very much suffused into the local culture.
Another reason to consider volun-tourism in Nepal (and probably elsewhere too for that matter) is that you are stationed in a rural area, providing a rare opportunity to experience the country's traditional culture and life not typically seen by tourists.