Saturday, 23 January 2010

Kathmandu or Kathmandon't?

Definitely do! Iv had as awesome wknd! We experienced some of Thamel's (tourist hotspot)famous night life last night and it was good! But why oh why is there always an Irish bar anywhere u go? No it was good fun, and then we had a really nice meal (where i ordered waaay to much!) and then we went to a shisha bar with a live band which was awesome there was dancing on tables and all sorts! Then today we went for lazy but expensive breakfeast in a very western style cafe- it was yum! Then us girls took to the streets for shopping and i have officially cleared myself out! I got some wikid stuff no buyers remorse for me!

Its definitely getting hotter here now but the nights and mornings (specifically the nights) are still pretty cold! It doesnt snow in Nepal unless your in the Himalayas! Which i can see right now whilst writing to you- Ganesh Himalaya to be precise! The work is going well and the group dynamic is good- especially after being able to let our hair down last night- Lamatar and Sirutar should not be let loose together (we are the two groups of volunteers in nepal)!!

On wednesday i got up at 5:30am and went to temple (3 to be precise) with my host sister, it was soo worth getting up early- i love going to temple but it doesnt have a patch on Skanda Vale! But i still have alot of temples to visit...but being white im at a disadvantage (some say Hindus only and the definition of Hindu that is most prominant here is if your Asian looking u can go in for darshan and aarti- if your not your not coming in! But not all temples are like this i went to an awesome one last week and actually got to go into the inner sanctum, kneel and light candles it was lovely! And there is a temple near by in the hillside up loooooads of steps and i think im going tomorrow im very excited cos its a Maha Kali temple hehehe!!!

Our supervisor i abit of a turd in sheeps clothing but he alrite i guess just abit power mad at times! I think the morale at work will be good after our fun filled wknd! And tomorrow is only a half day anyway and we are starting to get tan woop woop! I do enjoy the work- although somtimes it does just feel like we are moving soil/clay stuff from one place to another but its slowly coming together! The local kids are awesome they already know my name and say HIII ALLLLY every morning and afternoon and its great- i cant wait to teach next week cos the kids are on holiday at the mo!

One thing that i have found hard here is the treatment of animals- there is complete disreguard for animals apart from the cow- its brutal! Iv started shouting at people i see abusing animals. One day coming back from temple in the morning before work i saw a guy lob half a brick at a small defensless cat and when i went over to check if the cat was ok its eye was full of blood and later the cat dies- this is just one of the tragic things we see on a regular basis here in Nepal- also the street children, the slums, the litter/polution, the hard lives of ppl here- especially the women they work there arses off, the struggle for more freedom and the lack of government stability among other things. However people still soldior on and they are happy- in my opinion because of their faith. It amazing to see between 5 and 7am all the women (its always the women) walking to the local shrine (after they have worshipped at home) with their puja plates which hold water, flowers, kum kum powder, sandlewood paste and insence- its a beautiful sight.

Im going for chai in the sun now and il go and enjoy my purchases a little later by candle light as there will be no power in about 40 minutes untill nearly 10pm!

Pheri betula (see you later) x x x

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