A bit more about our daily life in Kathmandu.
I still remember the moment Wendy and I said to each other: ‘We are already going for a break in six months to our second home in The Netherlands, time flies’. Now its four months later and I can only affirm it. Meanwhile we are living in Nepal for already more than one year, where according to their calendar it’s 2074 instead of 2017. Workwise it has been an amazing year with so many highlights and we are grateful Medair is here in Nepal to serve the people who are the survivors of the 2015 devastating earthquake, but that’s work… and this blog isn’t about work. This time you’ll get an update about us.
For those we don’t like to read the long story I can keep it short: We are both doing great! Done!
Want to read more? We fit right in, and became familiar with the Nepalese culture, although I still frequently sweat while eating the Nepalese food with way too much chili included for me – I guess some things you will never get used to. Also we often need to jump aside on the streets due to the huge amount of motorbikes believing that there is no difference between the roads and the sidewalks. Most of our time is related to work though, which we both love to do and only gives us energy.
We moved several months ago to a different main location with less traffic and less noise. Due to the solar panels on the roof we often enjoy a hot shower (I know, it sounds so normal, but it isn’t… really). The building we use is combined for work and private so we live and work in the same place which of course has its benefits and disadvantages. We mainly see the positive side from a financial perspective but also the reduced travel time which now only takes us ten steps on the stairs. Since a few months we adopted a street dog named Whisky who really feels at home. She’s a fantastic, sweet and enthusiastic dog.
From a healthy perspective, we both do workouts three evenings a week on the roof of a six story open building resulting in a great view, called ‘The Pump’: nice breeze and of course work out like crazy. I believe I’ve lost about eight kilograms compared to when I left to Nepal last year (which you can see for yourself in a few months’ time). Of course you knew already from Wendy, but if not… please see her stunning pic below.
During the evening hours we choose to be a bit more disciplined in terms of activities which resulted in one evening for study purposes (online training), one evening related to the website and one evening of Bible study. Well… we could of course also fill our evenings watching three series of Suits on Netflix.
Since a few months we became member of a nearby church called KICC. Not much later I joined the worship team playing the piano. This is still my favorite way to worship, seeking God or just to be inspired or create an empty mind (multi-purpose), hence we also bought a small digital piano for our home and luckily Wendy is not complaining…
During the weekends we frequently go out having quality time together enjoying a good dinner and a glass of wine. There are plenty of nice restaurants close by.
So private wise we have actually a lot of freedom and not many obligations which is pretty relaxed although we of course do miss our family and friends. Wendy and I are the only two expats in the Medair Nepal team (one more is being hired) which is totally different compared to our previous team in South Sudan which included about 60 expats in total.
Life starts early in Nepal, many people become active around 05 AM and even we changed our habit slightly and wake up around 6 AM, however after 8 PM you hardly see any people or cars on the street, the more touristic locations excluded.
Speaking about traffic, Kathmandu is full of cars, motorbikes and buses. It is the first country I decided not to drive a car (I wish I could drive a motorbike but that’s not part of Medair’s policy – and they probably are right about that), so we walk a lot or use a taxi (there is one available at each corner). Everyone who is visiting Kathmandu for the first time is surprised about the massive amount of hooting (although probably still quiet compared to Delhi). It’s normal that you first press the horn; followed by driving and finally you also look if things are still going well meaning that your hearing is crucial. During the day there’s a lot of traffic and even while standing in a jam, it was completely normal to continuously press the horn even if you actually know it won’t make any difference. I wrote ‘was’ as since this week it has spontaneously been decided that hooting is not allowed anymore. You know what’s amazing? How fast people stick to this sudden change, although I think I know the reason behind it: There are hundreds of police officers walking on the streets using their whistles the whole day (this should also be stopped) and ‘trying’ to lead the traffic but who also suddenly started to bill people if they use their famous horn, resulting in more than 2,000 tickets in a week time..
Well, that’s a bit more about us and our daily life in Nepal. We are curious if there are certain things you would like to read more about. Any suggestions let us know and we’ll keep you posted.