Our guest house for orientation sits on a steep hill in Bhaktapur, a district outside Kathmandu. Snow capped mountain peaks overlook the array of colorful houses and stacked rice fields (when it’s not clouded by fog). Here we’ve been having our orientation, which mainly involves learning about Nepali culture, getting familiar with our itinerary, and drinking lots of milk tea. I don’t even like tea but milk tea – loaded with granulated sugar – has been a “game-changer.”
Food, in general, is so good… it’s probably my favorite thing to eat. Most meals consist of rice, vegetables, chicken, momos, and jujudhau. I’m hoping to do an ISP on Nepali desserts, but we haven’t yet explored the culture enough for me to know for sure. So far, we’ve had a brief walk in the surrounding neighborhood and visited a Shiva temple, where we were blessed by a pujari. We’ve gotten many “Namaste’s” or excited “hello’s” from locals and lots of looks, and although we’re an extremely attractive group I assume it’s because we’re the different ones in a place that’s always been here, and not just the same people who are in a different place.
I’m looking forward to next week, when we meet our homestay families!