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Kathmandu: Your Moment of Zen

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Three months have flown by. We’ve left Nepal. We’ve said goodbye to all the kids. There were a few tears, none of which were shed by them. We will miss them tremendously, and are already considering how we can get back to the orphanage in a year or two. But ahead of us is a bit over two months of travel around Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, before returning to Australia and the real world.

But before I finish up, here’s a little tidbit that I neglected to include in my previous posts:

In NepaL I often wore a Mighty Mouse t-shirt. The first time I wore it, one of the young kids (unfortunately I can’t remember who it was) looked up at the shirt, pointed at it in excitement, and enthusiastically proclaimed; “Mickey Mouse Superman!”

Like I said, we’re gonna miss those kids!

Kathmandu: The Daily Show, Evening Edition

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Life at the orphanage is rigidly structured. It has to be when you’re trying to control forty kids.

Bec and I pick the youngest ones up from school at 3.30pm. Before they leave, the whole school lines up in the courtyard to do exercises; “Arms out! Arms up! Arms down! etc.” We poke our heads over the fence and try to catch the eyes of the little ones. Six year old Nisha is normally the one to see us first, and a cheeky smile spreads across her face. She quickly glances around her to make sure no teachers are about, and then sneaks in a quick wave, before turning her head back to the front to finish her exercises.

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Kathmandu: The Daily Show, Morning Edition

Sunday, July 15th, 2007
Bec and I have less than a week left in Nepal. Wow. They say time flies when you're having fun. And apparently, they were right. Before we leave, I thought I'd better at least try and give you an insight ... [Continue reading this entry]

Trisuli River: Float on

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
Kelly poked her head around the door and in a thick, serious Irish brogue asked: "Dave, can I please see you for a minute?" Kelly is the volunteer coodinator at Umbrella, and I felt as though I'd been called aside by ... [Continue reading this entry]

Swoyambu: Lacking the essentials

Monday, May 7th, 2007
During my first week in Nepal, the most important lesson I learnt was this: attempting to register a peaceful night's slumber whilst simultaneously clencing one's butt-cheeks to prevent diarrhoea-related anal leakage is even more difficult than it sounds! I learnt this ... [Continue reading this entry]

Dhaulagiri: Part of the Family

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
We met Conor on the afternoon of Sunday Arpil 22nd. After spending three days in Thamel, the backpacker district of Kathmandu (which is hardly Kathmandu at all, given it's Western style bars, trekking stores, travel agents and internet cafes), it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kathmandu: The how’s and the why’s

Sunday, April 29th, 2007
So, how did we end up in Kathmandu volunteering at an orphanage? It's a fair question, and one Bec and I were asked numerous times during the six weeks we were home in Australia in March/April of this year. Towards the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Nepal: Balance

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
We stepped from the airport; a red-brick, two-story building set in a dusty field. A group of locals sitting at a card table under the verandah ushered us over. The sign at the table said something like "official taxis". That ... [Continue reading this entry]