Day 1, Pt.2: Landing in Nepal
May 20, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Where I stayed
Lunch ends, I go to the org's office to get a brief orientation, and then it's back to the house to recover from my horrendous jet jag. It doesn't take long for my nap to be interrupted by the youngest brother of the family, a nutty ADD 5 year old named uhh forgot his name, who literally grabs me by the hand and drags me around his room showing me all his toys and schoolwork. It quickly becomes clear I'm not gonna get much sleep around him, but that's okeeday 'cause he's adorable. Okay g2g again, to be continued.
So yeah, I land, the organization guy, Suganda, is relieving there to meet me, and off we go to meet the Nepali family who'll be giving me a home for the next two months. It's on the outskirts of the city, in their equivalent of a suburb I guess, which tis several dozen randomly scattered homes connected by dirt paths and little sustenance crops. Sudip(?) is the first family member I meet, the 19 year old eldest brother. He speaks pretty decent English, we click, and go out to the local cafe for some food(poisoning.) He tells me how he's studying electrical engineering and dreams, with a kind of pessimistic tone, of moving to the US one day to get a better education. The owner of the cafe/bar (nicknamed "the hut" by the other volunteers) is an awesome guy who's promised to show me around the best weekend hiking trail in the country, yippy. Also in the hut is Norman, a an old Kiwi with a huge bushy white beard and pony tail. He is equally awesome.