Rice, rice and more rice!!
Trip Start Oct 19, 2011
8Trip End Dec 12, 2011
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We arrived into Pokhara at around 3pm, to be met by Naresh (Insight Nepal coordinator). He took us to his house, where we drank Nepalese tea (very much like english breakfast but with LOADS of sugar!) We ventured to our host father's house a little later, he is called Uma - a very intelligent man (Law Degree, BA, MA and PHD from Oxford) we have also had the opportunity to proof read his PHD thesis which is extremely interesting. For a Nepalese family they a pretty liberal, and although traditional, they accept and welcome a certain amount of change. They are very open; Uma was not shy in telling us that he was taking on the cooking duties because his wife was having her period
On Saturday the 22nd we started the orientation program. At 10:30 am we had our first language class, this involved learning the basics of the Nepalese language, as a language it is very easy to learn, we are yet to conquer their alphabet! We were also taught the cultural do's and don'ts, such as not eating/drinking with your left hand, no pointing, no physical contact in public. Later that day we took a trip down to the lakeside, where we visited a waterfall and some underground caves. We headed back to our host family at about 5pm, and had dinner (more dhal bhat!) at about 8pm.
Sunday 23rd we woke up at 6am to watch the sunrise. The view from the house is probably the most incredible I have ever seen - the whole Himalaya mountain range surrounding the house. We look directly at Mt Annapurna (8061m) one of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world
Monday 24th - another language class. This was our 'sort out day' - buying sim cards etc! Nothing too exciting. Tomorrow we are heading to Sarangkot - the number one place to visit in Nepal (as quoted in the Lonely Planet guide!) It provides some of the best views in Nepal. We are also (if we have time) thinking about going boating on the lake, and visiting famous Budhist temple. We head to our placement on Thursday.
Will try and post some pictures soon too. Apologies if the english is poor, we have very little time to use the internet. Would love to hear how you all are etc, keep us updated with things back in the UK.