Holi Holi HOLI!!!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Back in Kathmandu some typically Nepali things happened.  All my cash cards stopped working (we almost ended up doing the dishes at a restaurant), there was a strike, someone got attacked by a leopard…you know just everyday run of the mill things!  We also had a visit from the Jersey National Cricket Team who were in Nepal playing a tournament and had wanted to make a donation and come and visit the children.  I picked them up from their posh hotel in the morning and tried to bring them back to Dhapasi on the bus.  This proved a typically frustrating experience, where the driver wouldn’t listen to me because I was female, and the translator didn’t speak English.  The driver refused to drive up the hill, and then when I took him around the back way there was a broken down truck in the road….we gave up and just walked up the hill!  The cricket team were fantastic and got stuck in straight away playing with the children and handing out presents, we had a crazy game of cricket where no one really understood the rules, but every one had a great time.
And then of course it was Holi.  Ahhh Holi, easily the most fun it is possible to have on any single day.  Last year I had only been in Nepal 1 day so I didn't really get the chance to prepare.  This year Team Volunteer was primed, armed and ready for action.  We started the day with a water fight with the house over the road, despite our height advantage their aim was better, and we got pretty wet.  I then turned traitor and started putting coloured powder on my own team mates and all discipline vanished.  After about an hour we went up to Papa's House and played in the yard with the children, everyone was soaked and covered in bright colours, and the amount of laughter coming from the yard was immense.  Sam wasn't feeling that great so came back to the Volunteer House a little early, with the only key.  We ran back to the house, getting bombarded with bombs and colour on the way, but then had to stand like sitting ducks outside waiting for Sam to answer the door.  He took and age, and just as Carlyn stepped back to shout up to his room, he appeared on the balcony with a HUGE bucket of water, a sly grin and tipped the whole lot on her head!  Happy Holi!  It's hard to describe how much fun it is to people who have never played, but by mid afternoon we were so exhausted we all fell asleep on the roof.  I was out for nearly 3 hours!
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