So after about a week of no internet, I can say to everyone reading that I am here, I am still alive, and I am very happy. It has been quite the adventure thus far. Cold nights and warm days. Good food and lots of tea. Our first 4 or 5 days were spent in a town south of Kathmandu (the capital city) called Pharping (pronounced par-ping). Our first home was a beautiful little resort on a hill, the rooms of which are pictured above, as well as one of our “classrooms.” Our schedules here consisted of breakfast at 7:30, Tibetan language from 8:30 to 10:45, then other discussions and little lectures throughout the afternoon, punctuated by lunch and tea. Dinner was the last thing on each day, followed very closely by bedtime for all of us.
Now I have gone to my home stay family and commute from their apartment in Bodha to the SIT Yantra house, otherwise known as the program center. At the Yantra house we have class every day unless we do something in town or on excursion. Usually we have two hours of Tibetan, some preliminary meetings concerning our well-being, lectures and free time.
I am slowly getting over my first stretch of what is, at least I hope, traveler’s sickness. The headaches come and go, and as for the rest, suffice it to say that I’m very grateful for a western toilet that flushes….The food is very good, and my family loves giving me more. My mother (amala), doesn’t speak much English, but my older brother (who’s name is Kelsang), has a pretty firm grasp of the language, so that has made things easier. I also have an older sister and brother-in-law who speak English well. The apartment is small, but I have my own room and I am quite comfortable.
Bottom line: After one week, I love Nepal (despite my anxieties, sickness, and fears), my home stay is great, the Bodha (my temporary home) is wonderful, and I am beginning to feel much more comfortable. As I continue to learn the language and the area around me, I will become more confident in my studies and hopefully more adventurous overall. I should be able to update my blog more frequently from here on out, but keep up as you are able 🙂