Asia | Nepal | Kathmandu Valley | Kathmandu – Village life
I’ve just returned from the training village which turned out to be a test for us to see how much we could cope with. I was sharing a wooden plank with another girl in a clay room next to the goat stable. We’d get two meals a day wich consisted of exactly the same thing (Dal Baht) without the slightest variation. It’s pretty hard to eat a mountain of rice with a tiny bit of spicy curry at 9.30 in the morning especially if you worry about how it’s been cooked and whether it will make you ill. We’d sit on the floor in the dark main room of the host family’s house and eat the food with our right hand. The grandmother was very particular about how exactly it should be eaten, she wouldn’t leave me alone because I was holding my hand wrongly. In the mornings we had Nepali language training and I must say I’m getting quite good at it, it’s amazing how well you get by with a few sentences. The little kids of our family Dipa and Dipindra spoke quite a lot of English but with the adults we had to speak Nepali. I’ve been told I’m definitely going to Langthang for my placement which is a 12 hour bus ride (local bus) away from Kathmandu in the mountains near the Tibetan border. It’s a buddhist community and I’ll be teaching some kids and a women’s group. Apparently the ‘real’ villages are even more difficult to cope with and I have to admit: I’m worried.
For the next four days I’ll be in Kathmandu though, there is a bandha on and we probably won’t be able to leave the guesthouse for the entire time. There is an insane amount of armed soldiers and police around and everyone reckons there will be some violence.
Anyway, I’m fine and safe and I’ll update you before I leave to Langtang. Bookmark the diary if you want to read more, I’ll stop sending the link from now on.