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

Crazy Idea to go to Chitwan

Baby Elephants

Over lunch at McDonal’s (a fast food restaurant much, much better than Maccie D’s), Emily, one of the other TEFL students, was discussing going to Chitwan for the weekend.   At the time it seemed a good idea and so I agreed to share taxi, especially since the waiter at McDonal’s said it would only cost 2500 rupees (about $30). After class I rushed back to the hotel room to throw … Continue reading

Cultural Differences

Today, we covered culture differences.  Here are some interesting differences and most are considered very disrespectful if not adhered to: Thankyou is not necessary; However, the elder brother must say thankyou to the younger brother, but the younger brother must not say thankyou to the elder brother; Never use the first name of your elders.  Depending on their age in relative to my dad, I would call someone else’s father … Continue reading

Ghorepani 5 Day Trek

Annapurna

Kathmandu to Pokhara I caught the merry-go-round bus with Kumar (my guide for the next 5 days) to Pokhara, leaving behind the urban sprawl of Kathmandu.  It was an enjoyable journey winding down the mountain with its death defying bends; passing traditional villages and oxen ploughing paddy fields; with Bollywood music blasting.  The bus was a constant circus of people hopping aboard to sell their wares.  We stopped for the … Continue reading

Arrived in Nepal

Yesterday I arrived to beeping cars, the smell of burning fires and incense, a grey smoggy haze – ahh my home for the next 3 months. A Nepali friend, I met 2 years ago, has arranged a guide for a small trek somewhere near Pokhara. I met my guide at the airport – well I think that’s who escorted me to my hotel. My guide does not speak a word of … Continue reading