Back into town after a week of work

Posted: April 14, 2017 in Nepal
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We won’t be getting woken up by the rooster anymore, this morning he was picked up to be put down by the neighbor. We feel a bit bad as vegetarians to be happy about getting a more quiet sleep with the rooster gone.

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Today we had a hosanna moment: we moved the last of the sand we had been shoveling. As the people who had brought it by truck had had the ingenious idea of dumping it on a steep incline, we had to shovel it up first before we could actually get it into a wheelbarrow. This is the kind of thing that makes you go “what on earth were they thinking?” -especially as there were flat surfaces available. Oh well, it builds up some muscle tone.

The nice thing about the sand having been dumped where it was, was that the neighboring families adopted us – we were working more or less in their yard instead of on the building site. So they offered us freshly made Lassi to combat our thirst in the heat. They also were of the opinion that it was way too hot for us to do any work at all, and especially way too hot to move tons of sand around.

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During this work, Samira showed up to tell us that we’d not be working on Thursday or Friday. The office is closed on Friday due to Nepali New Year and they want us to do an exit interview at the office before we leave. Considering that we came here to help building houses we heartily disagreed on this one, it would mean missing out on 2 days of work – they’d also forgotten a prior public holiday in their planning, cutting out another of our days of work as well. This definitely is something they need to get their act together on, it makes us wonder whether there’s even a calendar in the office. In the end it was offered that we’d head over to the office after work on Thursday, but Dinesh would have to confirm this with us.

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After we finished moving the sand we were done for the day. As we were going to go back to Kathmandu for the weekend, we said our goodbyes and headed for the bus stop. Our local translator told us about a different bus that we could take, and that this one would head straight to the part of Kathmandu where we’d be staying. It sounded like a better bus for us to take, why had no one told us about this bus before? We soon found out why… what he forgot to mention was that it was about an hour’s walk to this bus stop, which this time, was a rock on the corner of a road. In hindsight, we’d have preferred the regular one. Especially as the one we now took passed through the same bus station in Kathmandu that the regular one terminates in, so we could just have switched there and not done the hour of walking.

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First things first, in Kathmandu we had a very necessary shower (the first real one in a week), then headed down to meet with the other volunteers. Together we had a great dinner in a restaurant garden, finally trying out some Nepali wine (tastes a bit like mulled wine, not our favorite). Someone suggested we should visit a nightclub and soon we found ourselves in Purple Haze. The size of the bar and the crowd, and the quality of the cover band playing there, were quite a surprise. If you ever want to see some 500 Nepali going stark raving, screaming mad at a tight cover of AC/DC’s “TNT”, head over to “Purple Haze” in Kathmandu.

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The evening out turned into a night out and that made itself known the next morning. As we’ve been getting up around dawn to go to work, we woke up really early with the feeling that maybe we should have called it a night slightly earlier -but that’s nothing a couple of cups of coffee, lots of water and a solid breakfast can’t cure. We spent the morning uploading the backlog of this blog and getting up to date with our correspondence. In the afternoon we explored parts of Kathmandu we hadn’t seen yet, and had some trouble finding an ATM that had not decided to call it quits. We ended up having to change part of our “emergency valuta”, because finding a working ATM turned out harder than expected.

After an early night -we’re doing that a lot while at work, so it was good to stay in the rhythm- Sunday was a day to visit some tourist sites. The famous Monkey Temple was first on the list, and while we drove there we noticed that for once, the sky was so clear we could actually see snowcapped mountains. That was a first for us (the dust and smog here are terrible), and when we realized that we could see more of them from the top of the Monkey Temple hill, we kind of forgot about the attraction we were walking around in itself. Those peaks sure are impressive, even from a distance.

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From the Monkey Temple we went to Patan Durbar Square to have a look at the temple complexes there. On the way, the AC in the car decided it couldn’t cope anymore and gave up with a screaming mechanical sound. So “open the windows” was the only option besides suffocating, which meant that we were all covered in a layer of dust within a minute. Patan Durbar turned out to be mostly shrouded in scaffolding where repairs were being made to the 2015 earthquake damage. Luckily for us, it also happened to be the site of one of the few working ATMs, so we got cash and went for a rooftop bar to get a cold drink and a top view of the square.

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Then it was a rush to the bus stop to get the bus back to Tinpiple, and home to our guest family.

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Comments
  1. Mam says:

    So incredible and you look so well xxxx
    I am so sorry about the poor rooster though

  2. Dan Martin says:

    Really enjoy reading about your travels and experiences, and seeing the photos.

    • jadeontour says:

      Thanks! We really enjoy writing about our experiences, and it’s a great way to look back on them. It’s a bit difficult to find the time to make the posts while on the road. We’ve already finished our project but are still working on the last few posts, but we’ll get there.

  3. Mam says:

    It is a grand pity that you have gone to work and end up spending more time in Kathmandu then building homes

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