I’ve been here a week now and it seems like a month has gone by. It is amazing how quickly you can adapt to something that is so different. I am starting to learn directions, where I am and where I need to go. I’m also slowly picking up the language, I can order tea and coffee with no sugar now.
My host family is great! I live with Shanti, her husband Prakesh, their two children and their housemaid. My bedroom is upstairs on about the fourth floor, and has it’s own ensuite (room with squat toilet and bucket).
I’ve already visited a lot of the sites in Kathmandu, although I really want to go back to many when I have some more time, including Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), Boudnath (Bouddha), Thamel. Monkey Temple was probably the most amazing with views of the Kathmandu Valley for miles and miles.
I’m also settling into my placements. I’m working at two schools and one orphanage over five days. The children are all really nice and friendly and amazed to see a white person…let alone an Australian. Almost instantly, I’ve fallen in love with two of the youngest at the orphanage – Laxmi and Puja – who have no family and rely on the orphanage for food, shelter and education.