First impressions of Nepal

My first diary entry reads: “I hate it here. There’s no hot water and we nearly had at least ten accidents on the way from the airport to my hotel”.

My second entry reads: “It’s my second day in Nepal and I’m loving it”.

Rod was right…it is a change but it’s so beautiful and the people are so friendly even if I’m yet to understand any of the language. I’m having my first lesson this morning so maybe this afternoon I will understand more than Namaste (hello) and ali ali (a little – learnt that off the hotel staff this morning).

I am staying at the Garden Hotel for the next couple of days and then I will move in with my host family and get to work. It turned out that I was on the same flight from Bangkok with the lady I will be staying with so I have already met her and she is wonderful.

Today I went shopping for my first kurti – traditional dress in Central, West and South Asia. It’s a beautiful light blue, getting made tomorrow by my host mother’s tailor (edit: see image below).

We went to the “Nepali” section of town to shop, avoiding the tourist section of Thamel. It was so amazing…the way cars and bikes and rickshaws dodge each other is just freakish. Similarly, the types of things that you can buy from stalls on the side of the street is amazing, everything from fruit and vegetables to kitchenware to earthenware to incense. It has to be seen to be believed.

In my new kurti

In my new kurti