Thursday 28/12/17: Today's a big day for my wee Tika, our family's sweet little calf. She was born shortly after we arrived and today is her official naming ceremony. I don't think anyone would be too impressed if I confessed that I'd already taken care of her name so I keep quiet. Her new name … Continue reading Bovine blessings
Sunday 24/12/17: Christmas eve is mainly spent supergluing my fingers together while trying to make a secret Santa gift. I don't think I'll ever be grown up enough to successfully use superglue but at least it's a pleasingly familiar feeling! My arms are a little burnt from walking in the sun today and I keep … Continue reading My Nepalese Christmas
Friday 22/12/17: Five nights in already and as our little calf's confidence grows, so does my own. She was born the day after we arrived which I reckon means that I get to take her home with me. I've decided to call her Tika (she's got a little white flash on her forehead), though as the Hindu religion … Continue reading Settling in with the oldies
Monday 18/12/17: The North Face-bedecked doctor pulls up his baggy jeans with one hand while wiping his sniffly nose with the heel of his other and asks me what's wrong. There's half a dozen or so nurses all watching and smiling and whispering while Dr North Face carries out his "examination". I explain that I've … Continue reading All hail the NHS!
Sunday 17/12/17: We strap our belongings to the top of our coach and leave the comfort of our Kathmandu hotel. We're finally heading to the small community of Sudal in the Changunarayan region of Nepal - our home for the next three months. The traffic stops and starts and our bus is hot and cramped. … Continue reading And so it begins!
Saturday 09/12/12: Chocolate lava flecks land on my face as I scrape the little pot out with a spoon and I finally come up for air. I’ve got two frozen éclair things wrapped in foil under my arm for the umpteenth time this week as we walk back from the local bakery to our guesthouse … Continue reading Training, Acclimatisation and Éclairs
Saturday 25/11/17: To mark my first full week in Nepal, I take a spectacular dive on the earthquake-damaged pavements. I hit the ground so hard that I wind myself and crash land on my hip, pinky finger, ankle, knee and most devastatingly, my phone. It hurts and I'm pretty sure I've dented the pavement, not … Continue reading Crash landing in Kathmandu