The Family and School, Godavari

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February 24th 2011
Published: February 24th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

My BedroomMy BedroomMy Bedroom

This is my lovely bedroom. It's quite spacious - the only slight problem is that there are quite a lot of spiders!!
I've now been staying with my host family for 3 weeks and I have to say they are lovely!! My Nepali Mum doesn't speak much English at all so she just talks Nepali at me and I just copy her, often with no idea what I'm saying! But she always smiles at me, and comes out with 'Thank You' if I do something she likes. My Nepali sister is 23 and speaks excellent English, so in the evenings, we chat, and when the power is on, we watch films on her computer. My host father is also good fun - he speaks a bit of English, but still not a lot, but he keeps trying to make me try this really, really hot chilli - and there is no way I am after I saw how one of the boys from the next door house reacted!!
My school is also good. It is about a 10 minute walk from the house across some fields. The children are mostly lovely, although they can be very hard to control!! The problem is that often the naughty things they do make me laugh so I'm not very good at disciplining them. I am taking
The toilet and showerThe toilet and showerThe toilet and shower

The shower is hot - which is great. Again this is spider land - especially at night!!
3 classes a day, and in one week I teach 1 class 3, 2 class 4, 3 class 5, 6 and 7, and 2 class 8. My favourite class is class 8 because they understand me the most and are the best behaved!! (class ages are similiar to Uk).
So, a normal routine for me is as follows:
Wake up at 7.15am, get ready and go into the kitchen at 7.30 for a cup of tea. Then I sit and help/watch my Nepalese mother make the morning rice and curry (dhal baat). It is my job to peel any potatoes that we need. The family owns lots of land so they make so all the food we eat is freshly grown - and very tasty. At about 8.30 the curry is ready and I eat - I've got over the shock of having curry for breakfast and now at the weekends when I don't have it I get really hungry! Then I change into my Kurta for school, and at 9am meet the other volunteer who lives just round the corner and teaches in a school next to mine, and we walk to school together. Assembly is at 9.45, so
The view from the houseThe view from the houseThe view from the house

This is the view over the fields and the tap where I brush my teeth.
I stand in the playground with the other teachers until then. Assembly just involves all the students lining up and doing some arm exercises and sometimes singing the Nepali national anthem.
Then lessons start - when I'm not teaching I generally sit in the staffroom planning lessons or marking work.
Normally I get home about 3pm (my favourite time of day!!) When Gunjan (my Nepali sister gets home from college) we often walk up to the botanical gardens, and once went to hear the afternoon prayers in the monastry, which was very atmospheric.
From about 6.30pm we join the parents in the kitchen (my Nepali father cooks every evening, which is very unusual) to talk or help cooking.
If there is power (which is about twice a week) we watch a film after eating, and then I go to bed about 10pm.
I really love the village I'm staying in, it is so peaceful after Kathmandu, and it is always nice to return to on a Sunday afternoon.
(Photos will follow when I find a computer that will let me upload them!)

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Me and FayMe and Fay
Me and Fay

This is us after we visited the last day of a religious ceremony where everyone was being smeared with red paint and they decided to target us.
Me and GunjanMe and Gunjan
Me and Gunjan

Me and my Nepali sister, Gunjan.
Me in one of my KurtasMe in one of my Kurtas
Me in one of my Kurtas

The clothes I have to wear when I teach.

24th February 2011

So good to read your news
Hi Em - bizarre thought, but was reading your latest post whilst travelling on the circle line tube - two different worlds collide. So glad things are going so well out there and the family are so lovely. Take care. Finn knows what time it is where you are & when you're up and wgen you're asleep!! Lol, xxxxx
28th February 2011

Thank you
It's seven-fifty-one on Monday morning. I have a google alert for travel Nepal, that's what brought me to your post and I really enjoyed reading your living. It makes me very happy to realize that there are people like you who being born and raised in a western culture[I only mean advanced / having more freedom], come explore country like Nepal, offer your services and take only the good memories. Thank you for sharing your happiness. You have a very special time ahead. (stay away from spiders!) ^_^
3rd March 2011

Sky Sports?
Hey Ems, Great blog! Really enjoying reading all about your incredible adventure. Not sure I'd be very good with the old curry for breakfast thing though. But the pace of life, the peace, paucity of motor vehicles, the fresh air, must be wonderful. What a great thing to be doing at this time of your life. You didn't mention if there's a big pub you can go to that does Sky Sports, but maybe that was just an oversight. Anyway it's setting itself up for an exciting end to the season. We're fine (mainly because the girls are both doing very well - Pips over 5 months old and very very cuddly, Molly great fun, enjoying everything especially Montesorri) but completely exhausted especially as we're trying to organise the damp work and new kitchen in Deal. Also the winter's been going on too long. Nearly Spring though. Take care and keep those blogs coming. Lots of love Andy Rach Mole and Pips xx

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