Apologies for my absent nature the past few days, it has been very full and busy, I am yet to have my first cup of tea in my new house (for those of you who know me well, this is quite strange).
Friday I arrived in Kathmandu, it was hot and muggy, not quite the weather I imagined for Autumn especially at night. I was blessed to find that my usual guest house that was fully booked managed to find me a room for the evening. The bus ride to Pokhara on Saturday was the usual, except there was a lack of trucks due to Darsai festival. The mountainous road opens up picture perfect scenes of mountains, rives, gullies and villages scattered throughout the harvested plains. I enjoy this bus ride, the quiet, familiar road to a place I have once been.
After a slightly confusing taxi ride where the driver kept telling me I was going the wrong way, I arrived at Thomas and Christina’s (I had the way right, silly taxi driver). It was an afternoon of catching up, playing with the kids and being introduced to a once familiar house which would be my home for the next month (I am house sitting for some dear friends Marleen and Paul). I was surprised to learn I would have a flat mate as they didn’t want me to be by myself, so Tabea from Austria moved in, she is 18 and on a gap year, all I am going to say is that the girls house is happy to have a break from her and my tolerance is rather thin, and I would love my own space, a chance to settle into a routine and not worry about cleaning up and running a household. I won’t dwell too much on the frustrations, they only teach me tolerance and patience, things which I don’t mind strengthening.
Sunday was a lovely day out with Thomas, Christina and the kids. We went to Chipledhungga (sorry I cannot seem to find the common name) which is a series of busy roads, ally ways full of stalls and shops and multistory shopping centres (the most recent has the first escalator in Pokhara, you could sit watching the Nepalis all day attempting to get on it… and falling off). We went out for lunch and I picked up groceries (as Tabea didn’t want to do the shopping). Later that evening Christina and I with the kids walked to Ram Bazar and picked up veges etc while Thomas and Martin (a German engineer on work experience) cooked dinner for us.
I am enjoying being back, there has been a lot of change (a great number of gap years working here) but I have found the relationships I founded in January are still strong, and it is great seeing friends again. My Nepali is shocking, I am trying but with my head in its current space, learning a new language is not happening any time fast.
I have found my quiet time sparse, and God time not what it should be. I find myself with a never ending to do list similar to back home, something which should not be. This challenges me to address why this is and how to manage life and its givings. A coming week of growth and hopefully settling in awaits.