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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

Settling into Kathmandu

As we approach the end of our first week in Kathmandu city, everyone is starting to settle into the new routine. Everyone has moved in with their new homestay families, began their independent study projects (ISPs) in the afternoons, and stretched their wings a bit in exploring the area. We are also having daily language classes, building a stronger and deeper ability to communicate with folks in homestays, ISP mentors, and other Nepalis who we will meet in the few months to come.

Our weekday routine generally looks like: breakfast together at our program house, prepared by students (it’s been really tasty so far!); language classes; another lesson or discussion on relevant topics such as Hinduism and the history of Nepal; lunch; and everyone dispersing to their ISP sites around the city. Saturdays are Nepal’s weekend, so we spend this day back with our homestay families. On Sundays, we go as a group on student-directed excursions to sites around the Kathmandu Valley – this Sunday we’ll be going to Patan Durbar Square, one of the Valley’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Independent studies are all unique and cover such topics as yoga, Nepali cooking, and traditional woodcarving. On days when students don’t have their ISP class, they are free to relax at their homestays, find a little teashop and read, or explore around town.

Keep your eyes peeled for more student yaks in the coming days and weeks!

Sending endless love and gratitude to our readers back home,

– I-team