As I mentioned before, Tlell and I are living in different Nepali host family which I have heard is the talk of the village since it is quite strange to have a married couple living separately. However, this was mutually agreed upon in order to enhance both of our cultural immersion experiences living in a “patriarch” society. However, with the insistence of both of our families they have both agreed to have both of us over at each other’s homes for dinner for the next couple of nights. Tlell will be eating dinner and staying at my family’s home tonight and I will do the same at Tlell’s family the following night. Ah yes, no more lonely “cold” winter sleeps, for a couple of nights at least.
Putting that bideshi to work
This morning, I was treated to helping Anju gather leafy vegetables and then carrying it back to the house (using a naamlo and dokha). Anju was reluctant at first since I was there guest but I actually insisted to help out and I thought it would be fun.
And yes of course, I was the talk of the village again.
After breakfast, we (the volunteers) headed to town to gather supplies for the community project. We decided to help repaint and repair the school windows, doors, and walls as well as have a carnival-like fair with games, singing, dancing, educational training, and entertainment skits. During that time, most of use took the opportunity to buy gifts for our families as well (ie. stationary and school supplies for the children, cooking utensils, and a few photographs of our time with them).
It was quite the “gong show” as we tried to not only decide what we want to buy but also figure how much (and bargain/arrange in Nepali) AND also plan how we are all going to implement it TOMORROW. As well, there are twelve of us with twelve distinct personalities and particular ways of doing things. It would kind of be like “Survivor Nepal” actually.
At the end of the day we were all exhausted – mentally and physically while the grand events yet to come formulate in our minds. Cultural skits have to be planned, painting prep tasks have to be delegated, games have to be designed (and tested out to be sure they would be fun), ahhh the kaaja (food), etc. We decided we would span the events over two days in case the school face-lift project goes into overtime. We were worried about whether people will enjoy themselves or at least turn out for the event since most people will be working. I really don’t think it will be a problem.