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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Orientation

From the time we stepped off the airplane in Kathmandu we were swept away in the hustle and bustle of the big city. As we drove, weaving in and out of cars and people, we could take in the sights and smells as we passed. We arrived to the hotel to immediately talk about the do’s and dont’s of Nepali culture and Dragons as a whole. As our time at the hotel progressed, we consumed large quantities of chiyaa (tea) and have grown quite comfortable eating meals with our hands. The language classes are fun, but Nepali has proven to be quite difficult, though practicing with the hotel employees has been an adventure in itself. Yesterday (the 13th), we put the little knowledge we had learned to test, and ventured out into the city to complete a scavenger hunt. We started off very ambitious in our quest, but were quickly brought down to Earth when we actually tried to communicate with the locals. Though we tripped over our words, and didn’t really know what we were looking for for most of the time, it was still fun and a wonderful experience. We got to see life outside of Kathmandu and interact with the local shop owners. As for the hunt, which wasn’t going particularly well, we thought we were going to be able to complete a few of the tasks listed. Luckily we happened to pass by a teenage filled (English speaking) store front, whom were very helpful in checking items off our list. In the end, we may not have won, but being able to take our first steps into the Nepali culture was reward enough.