Erin George’s tales of life volunteering in Nepal continue- thanks Erin!
Where do I begin? I realize it is my own fault for not posting more frequently, but there is tons to tell after being in Nepal for 8 minutes, let alone 8 weeks! (Really, I can’t believe how fast the time here has gone thus far!) As usual, I apologize for my erratic posting habits although hopefully all that I have to say now will make up for it.
So, what is Nepal like? Well, I have come to realize this: Nepal is a country of extremes. There is extreme beauty and extreme filth. There is extreme wealth and of course extreme poverty. And really, don’t even get me started on the weather. It is either baking and sunny with a cloudless sky (which luckily is 80 percent of the time) or a torrential downpour accompanied with subzero temperatures. Okay, that is a gross exaggeration, but honestly, when it rains it feels unnaturally cold. I somewhat enjoy the storms here though because the thunder is absolutely booming. I don’t know if it is the sound echoing in the mountains, but for whatever reason, the thunder roars and lingers like no storm I have heard before. The only downside is when you get stuck waiting for the school bus without and umbrella. That was a wet and cold day.
Like I mentioned, Nepal is incredibly beautiful. Rolling hills of farms give way to panoramic mountain views. I love the way the farms are built into the hills, creating an interesting layer effect. Then, in addition to the natural beauty, are the amazing structures built by the Nepali people. The streets are filled with temples and shrines that showcase exquisite architecture. All the craftsmanship that goes into even ordinary buildings is incredible. The wooden carvings around the doors and windows – just amazing!
The strangest part about most things though, is not finding them so strange anymore. Things I found odd in my first few weeks here, like stepping in front of moving traffic to cross the road or having to carry a flashlight to the bathroom because there is rarely power (14 hour power cuts), seem pretty ordinary these days.
Anyway, I will get to telling you about what you really want to know – teaching! And other fun things like our various weekend trips and what it feels like to foreign in every sense imaginable.
Do let’s! (As Az would freakishly say…)