Week 1: Lizard Living

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Almost a week of living in Nepal and I am living like a lizard (or should that be a frog in my Kermit onesie – thank you Miles!).  The building are very cold, there is very little heating provision, so everyone makes the most of the sunshine to warm themselves during the day.
Monday:  Arrived late evening and greeted by VSO colleagues.
Tuesday: Rest day.  Explored Sanepa, the area where both the guesthouse and VSO office are located in.

First breakfast - Emily would be pleased

First breakfast – Emily would be pleased

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The bin man - No high tech truck here Tom & Jacob!  The bin man – No high tech truck here Tom & Jacob!

Our hotel cafe

Our hotel cafe

Roasted corn on the cob at Sanepa Chok

Roasted corn on the cob at Sanepa Chok

Guerrilla gardening

Guerrilla gardening

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Everything is recycled.

Everything is recycled.

New friends on the pedestrian bridge.

New friends on the pedestrian bridge.

Wednesday: In Country training all day, learning about the amazing projects that cover education, health and livelihood.  Then a Filipino dinner at Carmen’s with full on Karoake.
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Thursday:  Struck down with flu, thankfully not altitude sickness, despite the same symptoms (and that amused my colleagues and the Nepal clinic we had visited as part of our training)
Friday:  All day training and viewing apartment – they were dire!  Woke up to sounds of papers being ripped in the bathroom – oh well learned my first Nepal useful word – Mu Sah (rat).  The security guard found it amusing and assured me that the hole in the wall covered with newspaper would be blocked properly tomorrow.
Saturday: Early jaunt to Lazimpat to see an apartment.  Then breakfast at the farmers market in 1905 – with a sound therapy session included – hope it clears our colds.  We then walked around Durbah Square and visited the house of the living goddess – sadly she did not come out to play.
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Saturday evening, Sushila the VSO office manager kindly surprised us with a meal at her lovely home, that turned into a cookery lesson.
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Sunday:  Chillaxing so far.  Sun is shining, feeling fitter – maybe the sound therapy worked!   We are going to the Green Mela later – an arts and culture event to raise awareness about environmental issues in Nepal.
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About Daphne

I’m Daphne, normally live in Vauxhall, London. I am blogging to keep track of my adventures. After volunteering for 3 years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), in Nepal, at the Ministry of Education in Kathmandu, I am now in Tanzania, volunteering with VSO on a Youth Economic Empowerment Project.

7 responses »

  1. Blimey you have been active eh? looks a fab place that Mina and I could easily fit in ! ahem esp the shops! Love the blog and pics! Unca is impressed!

  2. Hello Sista Daf,Awesome so proud to have you ” Just doing what you are doing”
    Great pictures ..you truly fit this Great Mission and the very best for you and your colleagues
    love from Canada

  3. Dear Daphe,

    I am Nirmal Chrongbang (M.Ed.) from eastern Nepal, I am working in Child centered climate change adaptation project in eastern part of Nepal with high coordination of PLAN Nepal. My team going to development of local curriculum development in disaster management/ climate change adaptation in local level. District education office is our counter partner of this action, I would like to contribute my efforts in VSO coming action in Nepal of aboard in education . Hope your team will consider in future in formative action.

    • Dear Nirmal, my apologies for the delay in responding and thank you for your comment and kind offer of support. Which DEO are you working with? Also are you ok to provide me with your contact details. Kind regards Daphne

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