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September 6, 2007

We had to come into Kathmandu a day late because on sunday three bombs went off simultaneously in busses in kathmandu. it was the terrai peoples army who said they didnt mean to harm anyone and the bombings were targeted at royalists. but royalists would definately NOT be riding on crowded nepali busses so the entire thing is very suspect. the government didnt even bother to issue a statement. people want the issue of the king to be dealt with. he is universally loathed and so is his son so people arent exactly thrilled for the nepali monarchy and anticipate it being pretty terrible for at least the next two generations..

my homestay family with whom ill be living for the next six weeks at least is in bishal nagar kathmandu about  minutes frmo the lovely program house. My mom (aamaa) owns a beauty parlor and speak some english but is very shy. we live in a gorgeous and three story house with lush gardens along with her grown daughter Pinkie, Pinkies husband and their two year old Anna (Anapurna). Pinkie runs a bungee jumping company and her husband is a documentary film maker. They are very chatty and cosmopolitan and on the day i arrived Pinkie was amped because her picture was in the kathmandu times society pages, showing her at some posh party. its nice to have both fluent english speakers AND my aamaa because this way i can become fluent in nepali (with my aamaa) but not feel entire isolated because i can chat with my sister whenever i crave english.

my room is lovely and entirely my own which i had not anticipated. last time i was in nepal i stayed in a VERY rural and simple farming village so this is quite an interesting change. my family loves to feed me and my mom gets quite a kick out of watching me try and eat with my hands. i also mixed up the words hungry and full for a long time so i imagine they were very perplexed when i stopped eating and kept saying i was starving 🙂

there are blackouts in ten minutes but ill try and update tomorrow!

life is lovely

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Merrie permalink
    September 6, 2007 1:08 pm

    Sarah, it’s a joy to read of your adventures. Have you considered studying women enterpreneurs as a study project. The Mother sounds quite lively.
    I can’t wait to hear more about your host family.
    xx aunte merrie

  2. Willow permalink
    September 6, 2007 7:03 pm

    Wow, your family sounds so wonderful! And it is amazing to read about what is going on there through your eyes and ears. Just STAY SAFE, ok?!

    Thank you SO MUCH for the birthday call. You completely made my day. I’m still smiling.

    Love Wil

  3. mom permalink
    September 6, 2007 8:09 pm

    I love your description of your family/house–is there a dog too? What foods are you eating, what is a typical brkfst/lunch/dinner?
    Please exercise all appropiate caution, you want to always be in the right place at the right time or get the hell out the wrong place at the wrong time. Ok, I’m your Mom, I had to express my love and concern. I have a lot of confidence in your ability to have a marvelous and safe time. xoxoxoxo Mommy

  4. Jenny permalink
    September 10, 2007 11:17 am

    pleased to hear you’re having a good time; wish i could partake in such Nepali adventures!profiter de la vie, Sarah!

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