Shiva Ratri


Today is a Shiva Ratri – a public holiday to celebrate Lord Shiva. All the children are off school and many of them were playing on the streets. A rope, strung across the road to stop both passengers and vehicles in exchange for money in order to pass through, seems a popular game.

IMG-20140227-00128IMG-20140227-00130Shiva Ratri games

When not in Language classes, Dianne and I are spending most of our time apartment hunting, as we have to vacate our guesthouse by Saturday. Finding apartments that have at the minimum hot water; an inverter during loadshedding periods and are bright and secure enough is quite a big ask within our VSO allowance.

The kind invitations that we have received all week for supper at various colleagues beautiful houses have not helped to lower our accommodation expectations, so it will continue to be a busy few days. Other highlights include:

– Surprising Sushila on her birthday, who proceeded to hand feed us all cake.  The local supermarket was even in on the surprise helping us wrap Sushila’s gifts.

Wrapping serviceBirthday girlBirthday tea time

– Being woken up by a jolly band in our street, who played all day and evening to celebrate a local wedding.

– Chris and Meha are shortly to depart back to the UK and have kindly given us our first home furniture….so we have cushions but no home!!!

Our first gift for new home

Finally, here are some pictures from the temple festivities – 700,000 people attended, including the odd funerals and saddhus who are allowed to smoke dope.IMG-20140227-00140IMG-20140227-00151IMG-20140227-00143IMG-20140227-00141IMG-20140227-00147IMG-20140227-00149

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.

2 responses »

  1. ….and keep away from them dopy saddhus!. or your Mama will be on the next plane!!
    Hope you find a nice comfortable flat with all the amenities or more… if not your Unca Benny will give you tips as he has already started pontificating the issue! ahem

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