10 weeks in Nepal

Kathmandu Travel Blog

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**This is my first ever blog so go easy on me guys**


Well it all started on the 6th of August 2009. I woke up about 4am in the morning sooooo excited. I didnt get much sleep the night before... I was flying to NEPAL!! what was i expecting!... anyways i had everything packed and left for Glasgow International Airport at around 9am. My flight from Glasgow to London flying with British Airways left about 11:30am and took about one hour. When i arrived at Heathrow i felt so scared and alone. I had never been this far from home without friends or family so it was a little shock at first. I was also feeling very nervous as i was to go to Terminal 3 to meet with 12 of the other volunteers who i would be spending the next 10 weeks with. I can remember going from T5 to T3...
view of kathmandu
taking the elevator upstairs and walking out the evevator doors to find the whole 12 volunteers and their family standing all in a group. They all looked over at me which made me very nervous haha...

After a couple of minutes chatting with them i felt so at ease as if i had known these people for years. okay well i have lots to write so im going to skip a few details........ Our flight with Jet Airways left at around 10pm at night from Heathrow and the flight was sooooo long... We werent complaining as you have free alcohol for the whole flight... so we passed the time by getting drunk hehe!
After about 8 hours on a plane we arrived at DELHI in India where we would make our transfer onto another plane which would take us to our destination - Kathmandu, Nepal.
Panauti


Stepping off the plane at Kathmandu Airport was just amazing. I had a clear view of the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and they just blew me away... I could also see some of the higher mountain peaks of the Himalayas peaking through the clouds. After going through security and collecting our luggage we then left to step into Nepal. Walking out of the airport, we where mobbed by loads and loads of men offering to carry our bags and to drive us to our destination.... It was all very hectic at first until we then spotted a Rep. from IDF ( Ideal Friendship Nepal )... They where the in country partners of Platform2...So we met them and in Nepalese style they greeted us with a huge smile and a firm handshake. The group where then taken to the coach which had been waiting for us. While the bags where being loaded, the project supervisors from IDF gave us a traditional Nepalese welcome.
View of kathmandu
They put a type of silky scard over us. It was a very nice welcome and the nervousness i had felt at the airport doors had gone. I knew i was going to love it here.

After the bags had been loaded, we where on the coach and on our way. Barat(my project supervisor) stood at the front of the coach and gave us a little speech on where we were going to live. He told us we would spend four days at Tibet Holiday Inn in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where we would be given our orientation.  When we got to the hotel we where given our room keys and told to settle in. I shared my room with a guy named Leon who was from Liverpool. He was a friendly guy who i could relate to so i was glad i was chosen to stay with him. After a couple of hours we went to the hotel rooftop restaurant for my first experience of Dhal Bhaat.
me and hina
Its a mixture of Rice with curried lentils... Not the most exciting meal in the world but it tasted nice and i enjoyed it.

The next four days in the hotel where pretty much the same... Wake up and spend the whole day in a room learning all about Nepal,Nepalese history,language,culture,traditions and learning about the work we would be doing in our communities.
During the 4 days orientation we where given a city walk tou through Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu... I just remember the Noise of the horns of cars,the strong smell of the inscense and countless street sellers trying to convince you to buy their goods.

After the 4th day at the Hotel we then got on another coach and left for our projects. My project village was a place called Sirutar in the Bhaktapur district of Kathmandu about 12km south east of Thamel.
Annie Me Jahira and leon
The journey took about 40 minutes due to the countless traffic jams we encountered... If you are ever coming to Kathmandu then be prepared to experience the worst traffic system in the whole world lol.. it really is a nightmare but if your like me then you will find the madness fun :)

So after about 40 minutes we arrived at the small village of Sirutar. First impressions where actually quite good... Small traditional nepalese homes with field after field of rice paddies. The place was the sort of place you would see in a documetary or something.
So the bags where unloaded and we where then taken individually by barart to our Host familys. I remember the short walk to the house where i would be living.. I was feeling so nervous... what if i didnt like the family or what if they didnt like me...?? my brain was doing overload!!!.
michael me
.. annnnyyyyways... when i got there i was greeted by smiles :) my host mother was the first person i met and she welcomed me into her home. She told me to call her Aama which means mother in Nepal so i was touched. She showed me to my room. It was actually not what i was expecting at all... the room was bright and airy and clean but the bed was a little bit too hard to sleep on lol.. basically a plank of wood with a small thick blanket as a mattress but i soon got used to sleeping on it.

Okay im going to quickly tell you about the next 10 weeks as i will be here for days if i give you every single detail :)

My host family included Aama(mum) Bua(dad) Kailash my host brother and his wife Monita. They have a little baby boy who they just called Babu which means baby. Then there was my special best friend.
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.. Sulochana (my host sister )! the family where very normal... they all spoke good english apart from Aama who would use Sulochana to translate :) They looked after me well during my stay and i now call them my second family instead of host family... They are the reason in which i will be returning to Nepal in 2010!!! :)

The actual work itself was pretty hard. We where the second group to come to Nepal so the building of the school hadnt actually started as there was so much preparation work that had to be done first. The project site had to be dug out and leveled which took us about half the 10 weeks... it was very tough work especially in very hot weather conditions... i wasnt complaining though as i was getting a rather nice suntan haha...  the next part of the project was to develop a surrounding wall for the school.
Holly
So we had to collect massive boulders and wheelbarrow them from the road about 10 minutes away to the project site as there was no access for the delivery truck to reach the project site. So this was in my opinion the hardest part of the work. But in the end all the rocks where taken to the site and the wall was finished. I felt a real sense of achievement that i had contributed in the building of a school that would make such a difference to the lives of many of the children of Sirutar.

During the 10 weeks we had our "free time". This was from Friday after 2pm where we could go to Thamel for the night and do as we please... Most of the weekends were spent with me and my volunteer friends having a good old drink and party... The Kathmandu Nightlife isnt for the party animal.... more for the chilled out party animal lol.
Meena with her blue binbag on haha
.. we found ourselves a local bar which we would return to every week ( Sams Bar ). It was one of this nice rooftop chillout bars where the walls where graffitied by all the travelers who had passed through its doors over the years.. Of course my name was added to that wall :)

Well after the 10 weeks i was glad that i was getting the chance to go back home and see my real family who i had been missing very much. I was also sooo excited to meet my new baby nephew who was born while i was away!!..... But to say goodbye to my second family was heartbreaking.... in all seriousness, the morning of leaving i really was considering just staying with them... for good! they told me that they are going to make a bedroom up for me for when the next time i visit. I was so grateful for their kindness towards me and i will never ever forget them.
annie jahira leon



I just want to say sorry for this rubbish blog lol... its just 10 weeks is a very long time and i couldnt possibly fit everything in so i will let my photographs tell the story.  Thanks for reading!

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Stigen says:
-nicely written , sounds like a great experience!
Posted on: Mar 21, 2011
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view of kathmandu
view of kathmandu
Panauti
Panauti
View of kathmandu
View of kathmandu
me and hina
me and hina
Annie Me Jahira and leon
Annie Me Jahira and leon
michael me
michael me
jayde me michael
jayde me michael
Holly
Holly
Meena with her blue binbag on haha
Meena with her blue binbag on haha
annie jahira leon
annie jahira leon
me painting the local school
me painting the local school
group foto
group foto
franki and jahira
franki and jahira
michael and franki
michael and franki
jayde franki michael
jayde franki michael
us working hard :)
us working hard :)
franki me jayde
franki me jayde
frankie and i
frankie and i
jayde michael
jayde michael
hina jahira holly
hina jahira holly
olivia me
olivia me
michael me jayde
michael me jayde
me
me
me getting teeka
me getting teeka
annie
annie
jayde
jayde
annie jayde
annie jayde
meena
meena
alyx
alyx
view of valley
view of valley
arun and his wife
arun and his wife
hina me
hina me
patan durbar square, kathmandu
patan durbar square, kathmandu
group foto
group foto
kids on elephant statue
kids on elephant statue
nepalese woman in doorway
nepalese woman in doorway
on the bus to hotel
on the bus to hotel
craig (other scottish guy) and Til…
craig (other scottish guy) and Ti…
street kid
street kid
hina meena me
hina meena me
us 3
us 3
me and kapindra carrying the paint…
me and kapindra carrying the pain…
harriet franki
harriet franki
jayde annie michael
jayde annie michael
annie jayde michael
annie jayde michael
harriet meena hina alyx
harriet meena hina alyx
michael me franki jayde
michael me franki jayde
me and holly
me and holly
tarik jayde
tarik jayde
kapinda and barat
kapinda and barat
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michael
holly jahira
holly jahira
tarik holly
tarik holly
hina franki
hina franki
jayde
jayde
me michael
me michael
sulochana and pratima
sulochana and pratima
pratima me
pratima me
sulochana me
sulochana me
tarik alyx annie harriet
tarik alyx annie harriet
me and holy hindu man
me and holy hindu man
me annie
me annie
view of sirutar village
view of sirutar village
annie franki
annie franki
jahira annie
jahira annie
franki holly in their sari
franki holly in their sari
jayde michael holly
jayde michael holly
group foto at sams
group foto at sams
jahira and meena in sams
jahira and meena in sams
jahira harriet
jahira harriet
michael me
michael me
franki me jayde
franki me jayde
last day saying goodbye...

kail…
last day saying goodbye... kai…
me working hard again
me working hard again
annie me
annie me
group foto on wall we built
group foto on wall we built
leon me hina jahira
leon me hina jahira
bikash thapa
bikash thapa
me holding goats head
me holding goats head
bua aama kailash and me
bua aama kailash and me
me with statue of vishnu in distan…
me with statue of vishnu in dista…
on the plane
on the plane
view from plane
view from plane
view from plane
view from plane
nepalese family
nepalese family
host sisters - ruchana and sachana
host sisters - ruchana and sachana
rachana me
rachana me
me recieving teeka from bua
me recieving teeka from bua
ruchana aama me
ruchana aama me
sulochana osmita and osmitas broth…
sulochana osmita and osmitas brot…
group foto
group foto
ram and tara ( host bro in law - h…
ram and tara ( host bro in law - …
tara - sister
tara - sister
me and ram
me and ram
me and sulochana
me and sulochana
sulochana tara osmita
sulochana tara osmita
sulochana tara
sulochana tara
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group foto
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ram
me
me
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group foto
sulochana osmita
sulochana osmita
me tara
me tara
tara nepal flag
tara nepal flag
nephew
nephew
ram getting teeka
ram getting teeka
drinking tea with uncle and goat l…
drinking tea with uncle and goat …
My Host House !!
My Host House !!
babu
babu
babu
babu
family foto
family foto
family foto
family foto
family foto
family foto
kailash babu monita
kailash babu monita
aama bua
aama bua
aama bua babu
aama bua babu
family foto
family foto
family foto
family foto
me and my sister
me and my sister
mother and son
mother and son
me and babu
me and babu
sulo and babu
sulo and babu
rachana and her husband
rachana and her husband
rachana husband and mother in law
rachana husband and mother in law
me with rachana and husband
me with rachana and husband
sisters - sulochana and rachana
sisters - sulochana and rachana
dancing
dancing
arun sulo
arun sulo
babus birthday
babus birthday
babu
babu
on the rooftop
on the rooftop
tara babu monita sulochana
tara babu monita sulochana
saying goodbye :(
saying goodbye :(
me with babu
me with babu
aama babu
aama babu
aama babu
aama babu
babu chasing me
babu chasing me
sulo and sulav
sulo and sulav
sulo
sulo
me and sulo
me and sulo
me and sulav
me and sulav
sulo and sulav
sulo and sulav
sulo sulav
sulo sulav
me
me
sulo
sulo
sulav
sulav
aam sandy(dog) babu
aam sandy(dog) babu
sandy the very old dog
sandy the very old dog
babu
babu
rachana and friend
rachana and friend
ram and tara
ram and tara
annie rachana tara
annie rachana tara
dancing at teej
dancing at teej
teej
teej
sulochana
sulochana
group foto
group foto
michael
michael
jayde
jayde
michael jayde
michael jayde
poochy :)
poochy :)
me
me
the newborn lamb (watched them be …
the newborn lamb (watched them be…
kathmandu zoo loch
kathmandu zoo loch
me
me
the slums
the slums
kids at the slum school
kids at the slum school
slums
slums
slums
slums
slums
slums
slums
slums
start of the wall
start of the wall
thamel
thamel
thamel
thamel
drunk jayde haha
drunk jayde haha
thamel
thamel
farewell programme by school
farewell programme by school
dancers at farewell
dancers at farewell
me and street seller
me and street seller
michael me chris kaya leon
michael me chris kaya leon
patan
patan
patan
patan
patan
patan
kids on elephant
kids on elephant
collecting water
collecting water
patan
patan
street view
street view
my bed
my bed
scotland in nepal :)
scotland in nepal :)
group foto
group foto
washing before entering temple
washing before entering temple
washing
washing
village scene
village scene
cannabis plant :)
cannabis plant :)
project site
project site
project site
project site
project site
project site
rice field view
rice field view
me after the rain
me after the rain
kathmandu
kathmandu
me in kathmandu
me in kathmandu
view of valley
view of valley
view of valley
view of valley
me and view
me and view
us 3 lads catching the rays
us 3 lads catching the rays
lying in the sun
lying in the sun
me and my cute little nephew!
me and my cute little nephew!
Me,Sulochana,Tara,Ram,Osmita and …
Standing for an hour on the crowd…
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***GRAPHIC VIDEO***Bikash perfomi…
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People watching in Thamel, Kathma…
Harriet getting mugged by all the…
The children at the orphanage in …
Meena and Hina mixing the cement.
Coming back from the Hill and Tem…
Just the view from the top of the…
Me,Michael,Leon,Jahira and Meena …
Me,Michael,Leon,Jahira and Meena …
Slideshow of my best photos from …
Me and Sulochana(HostSister) puti…
Host family dancing during the wo…
My Host sisters and Ama dancing a…
Ram Krishna and Tara showing me a…
Quick video of the group at the l…
The platform2 group walking throu…
The group visiting Swayambhunath …
Learning the words of Resham Fire…
Bal Krishna giving us a talk on N…
The Sirutar Group walking with Bh…
Bharat Bastola telling volunteers…
The Group being welcomed by IDF o…
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