Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nepal- A new Adventure

I cannot believe how quickly my time in England passed. I left England on Monday, January 8. After a 45 minute delay at the airport, we lifted off about 10:30 pm. We flew across Europe, and hit several areas of severe turbulence. It was the second time I felt fear while flying. I slept very little, as my seat mate had the window. In the morning, we chatted with each other about the turbulence. I asked him where he was from, and he told me he had been born in Kuwait, but lived in the UK and had family in Dubai, Untied Arab Emirates. I asked him about the area we were flying over, and he told me it was Iraq and Iran. Some of the mountains had snow on them which surprised me. I thought of those areas as dry desert. The mountains were tan as were the valleys. We arrived in Dubai which was covered by clouds, so I was not able to get clear pictures of the city. I had a short layover during which time, I bought a Krispy Kreme donut.

I left Dubai on a three hour or so flight, and I was able to sleep a little since the plane was mostly empty. I was on the wrong side of the plane to see the Himalayas, so I plan to make a trip to see Everest at some point. It is an hour or two to any area where the mountain might be visible in the distance. The Nepal border is one of the calmest to go through. I obtained my visa with no trouble. I then proceeded outside, where I was eventually found by the Tamangs.

We arrived at their home about 8pm. I was taken to my room and given a meal after which, I went to bed. I am still trying to adjust my sleeping pattern. I will be teaching English classes for 4th-7th grade. Please pray that I can get adjusted to the schedule and that I can get into a good sleep schedule.

We had our first fellowship Wednesday night. All the songs were sung in Nepali. Most were choruses I did not know, but they did sing Draw Me Nearer, so I sang along in English. The teaching was translated for me.

Today was the first school chapel service I have been in. Thankfully it was in English. Please be careful regarding comments and questions about what I do since this is not a completely open country.

So far I have enjoyed the foods. They eat rice with different curry flavors and chow mein with a spicy salsa. I learned how to eat flat rice which is rice beaten out flat and looks similar to oatmeal. I thought it would be served like oatmeal, but they eat it drowned in homemade yogurt. I am not a yogurt fan, so mine was rather dry. They did offer me an egg which helped to fill me up. It will probably take me awhile to get used to this particular meal.

The language is tonal, so I am not sure how much I will pick up in three months.  I know I will not be able to write the language because it is all squiggles and lines. Each line looks exactly the same to me.

You can view pictures on my Facebook page M2M-Now.

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