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Photo by Catherine Von Holt, Nepal Semester.

Early Mornings in Patan

Being in Nepal has required me to adapt to a new way of living; new toilets, piyushing (sterilizing) water, eating with my hands, and speaking a new language. So far, I’ve had a relatively easy time adjusting to these new cultural norms but what has been the greatest change to my lifestyle here is my homestay family.

I’m used to a quiet home back in the U.S>, just my two parents, a dog, and my brother who is at college 70% of the year. But my new family is quite the opposite! Two dogs, three sisters, one brother and two parents. My peaceful days at home are long gone here. Yelling, barking, loud TV, pots and pans banging and not to mention the construction site a few feet outside of my window.

However, these noises don’t begin until 7:30 a.m. I’ve never been a morning person but the promise of peace and quiet at 5 a.m. is enough motivation for me to get out of bed. And when I do get up for my peace and quiet, so does my Amma (homestay mom) which makes it all the more worth my while. I sit at the kitchen table and watch her make tea or prepare vegetables. She glides around the kitchen as though she is wearing skates, opening cabinets, cutting peppers, and turning on the stove. I could watch her for hours…which, I guess, is what I do.


This picture has little, if anything, to do with this Yak. This is a picture of Sam cooking breakfast. He is very good at flipping eggs.