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Trip Start May 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Mountain Fund House

Flag of Nepal  , Bāgmatī,
Friday, June 11, 2010

It has been a few days. I haven't been running at 100%...a little bit of tummy trouble has got me down. I felt tired and achy at work on Wednesday and left early, then spent Thursday in bed after eating a bit of breakfast and feeling nauseous. Today I got up early and felt great, ate a little bit of breakfast...felt a bit woozy...talked to some people online...then ate some crackers and took another nap. I was feeling decent enough to go to the day care for a few hours, but then headed home. I'm feeling sick again now, but I think it will pass. Hope so! I don't know if I ate something funny, if my stomach is just trying to adjust to the new food after a week of it, or if its a flu bug. Meh. It will go away eventually. =) Good thing I live with a nursing student and have two lovely doctors at home who keep tabs on me. Haha!

The top stories from the past few days:

1) The bus Hayley and I jumped on to get home Tuesday evening was jam packed, as they usually are around 6. I ended up wedged between two men in the aisle. A few stops later, a man sitting next to a lady got up to get off. The two men on either side of me started towards the seat....and the lady....a stout, middle-aged, Nepali woman in a light blue striped kurta gave them a death glare, lectured them on manners, and basically pulled me across her lap and into the window seat next to her. She then proceeded to rant. (Luther Biology students, this is your cue to laugh, alot.) She spent a few minutes ranting about men these days, and their manners, and their disrespect towards women. Then we passed some trees that had recently been cut down, and she vented her anger about how people don't preserve the valuable old things they way they used to. No respect for age and beauty and splendor, only wider roads! And then we got stuck in a traffic jam, and she told me very bluntly her ideas of how traffic should proceed, and told me that Nepali drivers are incredibly selfish, stopping in the middle of the road, not understanding that everyone else is in a hurry too! She asked me how much I was paying for my bus ride, and I said 10 rupees, and she nodded, saying that was a good amount and I should never let the bus guys convince me to pay more. She asked me where I was staying, and told me that she approved of the neighborhood.

She was intense. I complimented her kurta, told her it was great to meet her, and hopped off the bus smiling. =)

2) I stopped in a store to find some fabric and have my first salwar kameez tailored. I wandered into the store and looked at some of the ready made things, and the guy working there got me to look at the fabrics. They give you three pieces of for the top, one for the pants, and a scarf. I was wrapped in about 10 different fabric sets before finally picking one...its green and brown. I was offered some tea, and then I was measured by an awkward man. It will be made in a week! I'm excited.

Well I will post more stories later. Got to pay attention to my game of spades. I'm losing.

3) I'm back. I got second place.

4) The rain is starting. I went up to the roof right when I got back from the day care today to take some pictures of the approaching rainstorm...and the little girl across the alley was looking out her window. She called across to me, "Are you taking PHOTOS?", and after I nodded, she ran back inside, grabbed her younger sibling, and then ran back to the window. Attached is the picture. =)

5) The little girl at the day care with the amazing smile learned how to roll her tongue. Also attached is that picture, because it is hilarious.

6) I got to see my little boy, Ronis (spelling?), walk home with his older brother today! It was sweet. The kids here are so caring for their younger siblings, and for other people's younger siblings. At the day care, older kids start showing up around 4. If a toddler falls down hard enough to start crying (these kids don't cry that easily), some older child will usually pick the kid up and give him or her a reassuring hug and then run along. It is really cool to see! Some do get in little arguments...and other children usually settle the problem with a few words. Kids don't need to be babied as much as we think in the US perhaps!
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