Bandh and Squits – Goodbye Nepal

Today I say good bye to Nepal as I am heading to Thailand with my friend Gele.  My last week has been uneventful.  The bandh continues in Nepal as the government try to agree how to federate the country, so this stopped all my planned excursions. At least they decided against splitting the country by caste!!!  Also, the last 3 days I have had the Nepali squits;  I guess I … Continue reading

White Gumba

My Family and I

Yesterday was the last day of my home stay. The family took me to visit White Gumba, a monastery up in the mountains. It was a very early start, I woke at 5.30am and we were on the road by 6.30am. We had a 2 hour uphill walk to the monastery. It was a stinking hot day (it is starting to get very hot now in Nepal unlike when I first … Continue reading

2 Day Bandh

Riot Police at Bandh

The last 2 days I have not been able to go to school due to a bandh.  A bandh,  a Nepali word meaning ‘closed, is a form of political protest.  From my little understanding of Nepali politics, I am actually on the side of the strikers.  It is crazy what the government is proposing.  They are currently trying to create the new constitution and the government want to divide the … Continue reading

Namo Buddha

Monks at Stupa, Namo Buddha

I have found my vocation in life – an English teacher in Nepal.  They are always having holidays!!!!  I discovered on Friday, Sunday is another holiday. Woo hoo!!  I decided to make the most of it and escape the hustle bustle of Kathmandu for a few days.  I was hoping to do a day’s trek in Nagarkot, but the travel agency in Thamel was not very helpful and they seemed … Continue reading

Settling into my Nepali Homestay

My New Home

I moved into my home stay on Sunday. It is a beautiful 5 storey house in a lovely part of Kathmandu. I don’t think many Nepali’s live in houses like this. My neighbour apparently has a pool in the garden. From the roof you can enjoy stunning views of Kathmandu and the Monkey Temple. My bedroom is a good size with en suite (the orange tiles wouldn’t look out of … Continue reading