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Monsoons and rebels and temples

September 2, 2007

I am currently in Pharping, an hour outside nepal for orientation. This lush mountain jungle town is also home to Dakshinkali temple where we went yesterday to watch the animal sacrifices (!!!). Additionally it is one of the holiest sites in the world for buddhists because Guru rinponche achieved enlightenment in a cave in the hillside here. There are little cottages set amidst rice paddies with jungle hills covered in prayer flags in the background…lovely!! So far our lecturers/teachers have been Peter moran, the head of the fullbright commission of nepal (amazing) and Mark turin who is the head of the UN translation team in nepal and is also editing the Nepali Interim Constitution (!!! oh my god!!!).

It is truly an amazing time to be here. The political situation in Nepal is such that it is probably the best place in the entire world to be if you want to see the creation of a modern nation firsthand. Nepalis are figuring out their national identity and its a wonderful change fromt he stagnated political situation i am used to at home in the us. It is also VERY SAFE. The Maoist rebels are are at odds with the State and the entire situation has NOTHING to do with America so i can be an observer here and not be in any real danger. The Constituent Assembley will be elected (ideally) on November 22nd so there will be lost of strikes and parades and civil disobedience…but this is good, this is how democracy should work. We in the US havea government system in place that doesnt even require citizen participation but that is luckily not the case in nepal.

I am so blissfully happy to be here. it was the right choice on so many levels and the people i am living with and my teachers are such wondrous individuals its hard not to be inspired every single minute of the day. And my Nepali language aquisition is going great!!

On tuesday we go back to Kathmandu and move in with our homestay families, something which i am greatly looking forward to 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2007 6:13 am

    Wow, animal sacrifices?! What kind of animals?

    Sounds like you guys have gotten some great connections already. WOW. The person who is editing the Interim Constitution. Amazing.

    I’m so happy you’re happy, and thrilled you like your group.

  2. mom permalink
    September 3, 2007 8:30 pm

    hi sweetie
    I love your writing, your sharing. I respect and appreciate how much being there means to you. Sounds like a remakable group!
    Remember what I said before you left, keep a warm and open heart, live deeply and be safe.
    I walked alone from Larkfield shopping center to downtown Sebastopol yesterday, I started @ 7am. Hannah had 18 friends here for her birthday last night, they had a blast.
    I love you very much….Mommy

  3. Boris permalink
    September 3, 2007 8:51 pm

    I’m loving the political MMW-esque observations, keep it up!

    I hope pictures are coming soon, can’t wait.

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