Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Village Stay

Okay so I have been neglecting you quite abit!! So I thought I will do a major email update to you before I go off to Nepal gunge! Okay well a few weeks ago, mairi and I went on a village stay with one of the girls from the orphanage which was really good. The bus journey took us from Pokhara to the bottom of the hills. The journey was gorgeous, honestly it was true Nepal. Coming out of the city was bliss as you looked out the window you saw the yellow mustard flowers in masses whilst they are in the fields. Was gorgeous, the houses, you couldn’t go past a house without grandpa outside smoking or laying in the sun sleeping. And without going a mile or so you would see a small child running about naked avoiding their mums! Really was amazing. The bus itself wasn’t exactly what you would call a comfortable thing. It was simple though!! When we got off at the choke we walked down some steps and then bought some meat for the family. We then had Chow Mein and carried on our journey. We crossed a river and it was gorgeous the colour of it was bright blue, and the rocks were stunning. Where the water had eroded it away the rocks were in the shape of bubbles. So we walked across the bridge and carried on going the walk to her village only took us about 45minutes and wasn’t up hill at all which was good. So we got there and it was so nice to get away from the city and hear nothing! No not even dogs or horns and the beep beep of it all! Her house was really simple one floor and she had a small garden where her mum keeps the simple veg etc. Just below her garden are rice fields the river which was nice. We spent the afternoon looking round her village which has about 20houses maximum and meeting her family. We played Uno and bananagrams. Was so relaxing! In the evening her mum came back from work where she sells the jewellery that she has made. At the moment her father’s sister and daughter and grandma are staying with them as it is to cold in the hills where their village is. Unfortunately the cousin is ill at the moment suffering from depression. She does go to school so they think it's something to do with the exams. So prayer for her and the family as they are having a really tough time at the moment. So yeah back to the day in the evening we sat outside with her cousins and sang songs which was really really nice. Also they are not a nepali family they are Tibetan. So they don’t talk nepali or English so language barrier was pretty hard. But we managed because Pema the girl who is from the orphanage can speak really good English. So we went to bed and me and mairi shared a single bed which was erm cosey haha. However pemas family are Buddhist and the room that we stayed in was basically a shrine to all their gods etc. She finds it really hard because when she finishes her time at the orphanage and she is too old she has to move out. Her family have said that they don’t want her back when he time is finished which is going to be pretty hard. There are not many jobs out here and for her and nowhere to go. So again prayer for her and what she will do because it must be hard. So yeah after that we went to sleep Sunday we went to another fair which was fun and we met the rest of the kids from your orphanage and spent time with them. We also got henna which was fun. Looks gorgeous.
So we had a pretty full packed weekend. So for the rest of the week we did school and preschool. Met the new expats, went for dal bhat which was actually quite nice. The lady downstairs has taken to us nicely and looks after us and feeds us. Well she has a friend who is older than her, but has taken a liking to me. We went downstairs for he son’s birthday and she pulled me to sit with her and she is always playing with my hair. She can’t speak a word of Nepali and she talks really fast but we have an understanding. So that’s fun, anyhoo we went to her house for Dhal Bhat and after we came home and they dressed us up in the ladies downstairs saris which is really fun!! Then they made us walk around the town in them and show all of our friends so that was really funny. All the Nepalis thought it was jokes!! They would stop us and fix it and then the next nepali woman would stop and fix it haha. No nepali woman puts a sari on the same!

Okay so we have also just got back from Nepal Gunj but havent had the time for that yet :) haaa

Hope you are all well and i will see you in on 23 days todayyyyyy :D

eekkk love love xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, January 16, 2011

HAPPY 2068

Okay so I promise that this blog isn’t going to be as long as the other one!!
So the last two weeks have been pretty crazy! We had our school play at Nepali school and it was very good I am so proud of them!! They did amazingly. We have twins in the school and one of them was doing a dance which ment getting dressed into traditional Nepali outfit which takes a good time, once she was dressed she turns around and says oh yeah I’m the wrong twin it’s the other one that is doing the dance...haha but hey ho it made the audience laugh!! We have also taught them father Abraham and they LOVE it so we did it with them on stage at the end which was really lovely!
So that now leads us to our holidays and mate have we been truly blessed with it so this is what happened:
Christmas eve we did a whole load of baking and were getting ready for Christmas etc which was nice and in the evening we had the candle light service which was really lovely everyone singing and really getting in the Christmas mood! After we went onto Elly & Richs where we had supper and lots of people went back to theirs it was lovely really felt like Christmas! So as excited as we were, we went home and got and early night so father Christmas can come and visit us!!
Christmas day we woke up and opened al our home gifts that family and friends had sent out to us and it really was lovely really did feel like Christmas! We then went to Ely and Rich's to spend Christmas morning with them, we had the most amazing breakfast pancakes, bacon and maple syrup! Was sooo good we then all opened our Christmas stockings which may I add Ely had made for us and she did amazingly!! So that was fun and we did our secret Santa’s etc, we than went to church which was nice was outside and very hot which is a tad strange cos it’s not really Christmas when it’s hot!! So we left that and went back to E&R we then chilled and played with our presents etc then went over to the Stuarts house for Christmas dinner!! WOW was it good, proper Christmas dinner stuffing and everything it was soo good really did feel like home with lots of people all of us fat and fully fed then we just chilled for the rest of the evening.
Boxing day we went round the Stuarts where all the women were in their saris and we’re all getting ready, I straightened my hair which was a special treat and was exciting!! Sad I know but it’s the little things, then we went down to lakeside where all the missionary in Pokhara came together and we had lunch together was really nice there must have been about 30 0f us!! Unfortunately mairi was ill and couldn’t make it virus thing that’s going around. Again a gorgeous day we got back home and ate chocolate!!
Now new years was amazing I can’t explain how cool it was, we went away to Chitwan safari park and we got to see the most amazing things EVERRRR. Day one we went to the elephant sanctuary which was fun, there was a special elephant that just stood there nodding I have a video haha. But it was pretty cool to see the elephants! New years eve, we had a canoe ride in a croc infested river and saw a croc which was so cool, its bulging eye and everything!! We then went on a jungle walk and saw a wild cockerel oh my gosh it was massive about the size of a house I’m telling you it was scary hah I joke didn’t really see anything exciting on the walk...in the afternoon we went on a jeep ride where we saw deer, birds, crocodiles, deer, birds, deer and more birds!!!! In the evening we sat round the camp fife and had bbq chicken and chips it was buff stuff just like being at nandos!! Hot sauce and everything!! Okay so we didn’t manage to stay up for new years but I entered the new year way before all you English people did so blah!! Now this bit you can’t say that you have done, so new years day well just your average Joe really. Started off with seeing some rhinos just outside the hotel across the river bed, about 5meters away. We then went on a walk through a traditional village, mud huts and all that. Makes you laugh though, you’re going through this village and slap bang on the side of one of these houses is a massive satellite dish!! Yet they can’t afford to send their children to school. The western influence here is big and nasty!! Anyway we went to a museum with baby foetus’s so like all the rhinos babies and tigers snakes etc was pretty interesting actually. So you know got back and we just have to hop onto an elephant and go for a stroll in the jungle with it singing in the jungle at the top of our lungs and getting told to shhst. We popped along to say hello to the peacocks and dears, went to see Mr. crocodile, but he was sleeping on the river bank so we didn’t want to go too near and make him grumpy!! So we strolled through the river and off we popped to then be whisked away to sleep in the jungle for the first night of the New Year. Ha it was so much fun, we saw a massive ginger cat which was apparently like a small leopard or something not too sure...we played the game beans and had lots of fun we then sleep put on the platform bit like under the stars which was fun although me and lee are a little too lanky. His feet were over the edge of the platform and my head was in a door way...well my feet weren’t going to be mawled by tigers!! Anyway we woke up and went back to the hotel shopped and bought some goodies then started out journey home.
Now the next four days you will never ever ever hear me say this again, I can’t actually believe that this happened...okay so brace yourselves...the next four day i spent...trekking woah yes 4 whole days walking, as in not round a shopping centre, but up a hill. And back down it. KILL ME. Well it wasn’t too bad...ha i lied the first two days were horrible all up steps millions and millions of steps, hundreds thousands bazillions!! It was hot and I was close to tears many a times...however there were dare i say it funtimes. We met some people who were funny a man who just stripped off and a woman wearing stupid amounts of make up so that made it a little fun. To get myself up the last bit of steps I found Liam, I love him but sadly when we got to lunch it was over between us. Ha I saw this massive lemon drop straight from a tree so I picked it up and like the last 500 steps carried him all the way to the top! It helped me a bit haha. Poor /rich was stuck with me I was well behind everyone else and moaning to the high hills and back. But he did stick with me thank you daddyyyy  so we are at the top of Poon Hill now and we are staying at a hotel which is a create with a door...tad chilly but we got up the next morning at 5:30 to watch the sunrise...more steps i was not happy at all. Again rich got put with me about ¾ of the way up I stopped and wailed go on without me...and his response I’m not going without you its dark stupid.!! So I had to go on. Okay so it’s the last 50steps and this time I was like go on without me and he went fine and went of ha serves me right. I finally made it and oh my dizzles it was amazing, honestly god has blessed us so richly with what he has given us the sights were incredible! Stunning so I whipped out my glamour magazine and took a picture with me and the mountains and glamour. If that doesn’t win me a prize I don’t know what will!! Now the next two days were amazing all downhill, we saw wild monkeys waterfalls and to top it all off we had snow a good foot worth of it, not just snow. But frozen waterfalls and icicles and it was stunning. We got to walk down the iciest bit ever hah but I think that was the funniest thing of my life I fell on my butt as usual but it was amazing. I have pictures and will attempt to upload some. But it was all worth it in the end.

So hear I am after an amazing three weeks and only 10 weeks to go!! I have seen rhinos, elephants, peacocks, crocs, chickens, dogs, bore, ginger cats, birds dears and lots more. I have climbed a Himalayan mountain and I am still alive. It’s crazy how time has passed but I’m enjoying it and seeing the things that we have seen is so amazing and god has blessed us richly.
I am praying for you all and especially the Stuart family here who are going home in about 3 weeks we have formed a family bond with them, and I want to wish them all the love and support to them for the future. And the work that you have done in the last 2 years is amazing. WE LOVE YOU!!
So yes and to all of you out there thank you for the Christmas cards parcels and letters, you really made it feel like home and that I’m not that far away really. Only a few plane rides away. I hope you are okay and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone when I’m back I miss you all dearly.
Lots of loves and hugs
Your still aching Caitlin xxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Well here we are again, our month anniversary was about two weeks ago. Wow i can’t believe so much has happened and in just a month i have fallen in love with you, yes yes Nepal i am talking about you! We have had oiur highs and we have our lows but it is amazing i am so glad that we got to meet!! Anyway i still cant get over that we are now in something like our 7th week here, things are going by so quickly it’s unreal, sorry guys having one of these sloshy moments hah. So back to business, milk story; Sunday is our day off and we choose what we want to do with it. So we as a teamio seceded to get up at 6 and use this day of rest to our advantage, we all got up and went to buy milk from two different sshop because we wanted 10 bags, yes 10, well for milk and porridge and you know stuff like that. Anyway believe it or not we haven’t been to the right of our house and were very curious to what is down that way. We went exploring, funtimes basically big heel sarah twisted her ankle dropped the milk, i tripped and people laughed, we decided to not go any further as it is not worth it turned back, Mairi dropped milk, picked up milk, dropped again. By thi point the Nepalis that live down there are on their roofs watching and laughing at us. Well at least we gave them a show hey, brightened up their morning ;) we then spent the rest of the day in mine and sarahs room with the beds pushed together watching Gilmore girls and of course with food breaks inbetween! So already starting the week on a high is mighty fine.
Monday, i am literally alice in wonderland! Okay so we got the bus to the Nepali school, and im sure they weren’t this small before, but this bus was tiny well for me everyone else seemed fine. So i got on the bus and there is hardly any space anyway so i squeezed in to find that i cant even stand up, no joke though if i had stood up my whole upper body would have been through the roof. Soo i find a seat and it’s next to this nepali man who is proper old like must have been in his 70s, but he is looking cool, in his short shorts and nepali hat. Anyway i sit next to him well not even mext to him. I sit on him. Yep i was actually sitting on his knee, man and the thing is he could have moved up but he didn’t haha. It was vair vair awkward. So heres a picture for you imagine alice in wonderland where she grows in that house. Well imagine me frowing in the bus. Wait you don’t have to just come to Nepal and see for yourself! So we get to school and we meet the lady in charge her name is Bunti and she is absolutely amazing, i reall admire her man she is so lovely. She started this school because she didn’t like the way the nepali schools teach by just memorising and not actually knowing what the words mean. Also she take in children with special needs and to put the holy cherry ontop if the holy cake, she is a Christian which is amazing. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. Anyway we will be working there once we get back from Kathmandu and conference etc. When we get home each day we are doing conference planning, so thats what we did today. We are making good friends with downstairs, one of the brothers came and helped us with the cutting and painting which is lovely that even though we don’t understand each other much that he can still come and do stuff like this with us. Its a real blessing to have the family that we have living below us.
This week in PSC me and esther are withe the older children which is alot of fun fractions yay, Caitlin cant do them, she never has and never will. Now i cant remember if i have or i haven’t told you what a didi is. So just to be on the safe side i’m going to tell you. Didi, this means older sister. In Nepal you call people you don’t really know but you class as close people to you as older sister, younger sister, older brother, younger siser and if they are really old, grandma or granddad ha. Anyway, Didi means older sister. We have a Didi that comes to our house three times a week and cooks and cleans for us and sometimes does our washing. So if i ever talk about Didi, thats what i is referring to :) so now that is clear what i wanted to say is that the Didi makes the most amazing food and on Tuesday she made us pizza with like 400 veggies in it it was amazing SO good! Also Sarah an i went to the orphanage that is linked with the church. We will be going every Wednesday evening to help with homework and eat dinner with them. The chidren there are lovely, they just jump on you and they all want you to mark their homework for them and when the power went out they all jump on you cos they are scared. They are honestly all so happy and lovely. We also stay and have dinner with them which is the traditional dhal bhat.
So its now Wednesday, again at PSC, and the best subject ever this morning, P.E yay. I love school first fractions then P.E. although i cant really complain, we didn’t have to do P.E just supervise which was niceeeee. We had to go to a presentation thing at the hospital for INF day, we all got a pre schooler to look after, i got the child that decides to play spitting games, and spit on the man infront if me...he also decide to practice his numbers really really loud when the speaker first started speaking. Awkward is the only word i can think of right now.
For the next couple if days we didn’t really do much just went to school and did conference planning although we did make some playdough which was fun. I also needed to get a taxi, and they tried charging me a 200 to go up the road, and this is the best bit we started having this like jokey argument and i said..cheack this out, i said “i have been living here for a month now and i knoe the prices” eeekkk i actually said i live here, and its true man this is so amazing. Now that i said it, it must be true! Anyway got it down to a reasonable price but its fun to haggle! So this is all happening on Friday. Sarah and i get back from collecting stuff from school to be greeted by the landlady downstairs to tel us that he husband is ill and is in hospital. This is the amazing part their family are hindu/bhuddist but they asked us if we would go and pray for him. How amazing is that, they knew we were Christians and they associate Jesus with healing and they asked us. I mean if that isn’t god working in some way then smite me, cos i have no idea what it is. So we went put in our sets (posh nepali clothes) and we also put on make up, which felt so good. It may seem stupid but honestly all your rubbishy feelings go away cos you almost feel normal! Anyway we got the dreaded bus to the hospital with the landlady and met the whole family there. We then went on a tour rounf the hospital and got back to his bed where we sat on it and prayed. You could really feel gods presence and healing powers surrounding him here. It really was amazing. Anyway after that they called us family and not to say thank you and sorry anymore cos we are family. Nepalis don’t say thank you and sorry here, its not the common thing to do like in England. We are too polite LOL just kidding we are british! So after that mairi and i went and did our fruit and veg shopping in Rambazar which i absoloultly love like if im feeling rubbish i jsut take a walk down there and u feel 100times better!! We then had to pack up ready for conference where we loaded everything onto Rich’s push bike and pushed it down to school, which i have to admit was rather funny, one of the brothers downstairs and his friend helped us because we looked as if we were struggling and looking more and more like fools haha. So we got it all in school and sarah and i headed home at which point it started to rain. It hasn’t rained in at least a month i think and wow did the heavens open. We got soaked to the bone. You know like in movies where they are walking down a dusty road and they haven’t had water in like a thousand years and then it rains the two actors start laughing and running down the road and they get absoultly soaked. Now just take those two lovely glamourous people, and replace them with two drowned rats, tripping up on the stones and running like a fool cos their shoes keep falling off. That is what you call a Caitlin and Sarah. When we eventually managed to get in we got changed and joined the family on their front porch bit and ate these bean things and watched the bolts of lightening fall down and the rain becming heavier and heavier. It was breath taking. Actually made me miss the English weather....then i thought am i being stupid i get a hot christams, you guys are gunna be freezing! LOL.
So this is the weekend we go to Kathmandu. Saturday is church. Am starting to miss my church the homely feel and the English side to it all. Athough i am missing church, the recent events that are going on have caused pain and hurt to people close to me, and for me to see that this is going on when i am so far away is so painful. I am almost glad that i am not a part of it. But at the same time i am struggling because i want to be there for the people that are involved and i just want to hug them! Anyway i left church early and came home and did the washing up and tidyed, its kind of like my therapy for some strange reason. It relaxes me and gives me something to concentrate on. Well for a few minutes until i get bored as usual. But this lasted about 2hours :) yeahh babes. The girls came home with crazy aunt chrissy and we all went out for lunch. All 11 of us it was lovely, we stayed there for a good few hours and then had the best dessert ever. Banana split, oh my dizzles was it amazing haha. I feel like all i talk about here is food and how amazing it is. True fatty at heart here. Anyway it was now getting dark and again started to rain, and again Caitlin was wearing stupid shoes. So i took them off and legged it down the road to meet the others, too late i was soaked yet again haha. So we got home and we packed up our troubles in our old kit bag for Kathmandu, did our nails and got an early night because we have to be up at the unearthly time of 4:30am tomorrow morning.
So Sunday and leaving for Kathmandu. Met old richy boy at the end of the road to pack the stuff onto the coach when it gets there at 6. Moved everything out of big house and am now sitting on the corner of the street with all this stuff waiting for the bus to arrive. At which point the shop has given us chiyaa (nepali tea) to keep us warm and all the other people are arriving ready to get on this bus for our amazing 8hour journey to Kathmandu! So sitting waiting and sitting and waiting and still no bus ring ring, yes yes the bus is not here...yes you find out where its is..you thought it was 7 we leave..you have had the emails you were ment to be here at 6. Well they have just woken the bus driver up and he is on his way now. Oh deary so the bus arrived at 6 30 and we all piled on the journey was actually really good. It only took us 7 hours i think. But yarhh so we arrived and oh my giddy heart, this hotel is a 5 star hotel that is basically a world away from Nepal. Me and mairi were sharing a room and it was gorge, red carpet very romantic a bath tv HOT WATER. You couldn’t wish for more! So first things first foooooood. Wayhey im in heaven, food here is normal and hot and meaty and not dangeours well to a certain extent! So we did our first burst of babysitting which was relaxing and quiet. Was proper shattered tho. Bed and i was dead to the world!
Oh my life..best showere ever, i actually had to put some cold water into it because it was TOO HOT. Eeekkk mayn its exciting. This is our first day of holiday club and it went really really well the kids all seemed to have a blast woop. Oh yeah before i forget breakfast, hot cooked meat. YEAH BABES. Anyway the kids made friendship braclets they really emersed themselves into it and they said that this is the best conference ever. And only on the first day, well at least they got our bribes in the post! And today we made contact to England we spoke to one of the bms reps Ben and it was so clear. He was just checing in to see how we were, not dies or anything like that and we said no still here etc etc.
Tuesday woke up extra early especially to have a bath nand wowzarwezar was it worth it eek it was so amazing. First bath in Nepal ahh was so exciting. And it felt so good i just relaxed and read my book!today we did an obstacle course for the kids and they also did the scratch art which they enjoyed, and today we played a jokes game, we did flower fishing where they could only use their faces they to pick out sweets hidden in flour! Was very fun to watch haha. We ended off with hand stack prayers which they really enjoy doing. In the afternoon we babysat which was again relaxing.
Wednesdays theme for holiday club was God our Boss. Man did these kids put there heart and souls into this next craft. Throughout the weeks before we went to Rambazar to collect old cardboard boxes etc. So with all of these at the ready, the jids had to make their own cars in which they did so well. They put loads of detail into it, they did the control panel and the gear box and man it was so amazing! I am so proud of them and how they worked together. Again we played the best games everW we playeddd..the mars bar game, cotton wool and jam on the nose and mummifying me in newspaper. That was fun cos they couldn’t reach my lanky head so they made a human tower LOL. Oh it was funny. Today we also saw Margret Gibbs, it was nice to reconnect with home just abit. She told us that people have been giving good feedback about us which is lovely and how thankful they are for us to have come to conference which is amazing to hear. In the afternoon we had a session oh it was soo much fun! to sum it up we were all really hyper including the children, it ended up with me covered in paint from head to toe, running around like headless chickens and beong overly loud at dinner time cos we all stayed on the same table. Oh and did i mention thanks to the red paint, it stained me orange so it looked like a fake tan gone wrong which wasn’t fun trying to explain to people but it was very funn.
Thursday/time to freeze! Right today stared all lovely and chilled we started our board game thet we organised and they had fun playing with that. The brak soon apperared so we had cake and coffee. After that we all metthe kids at the bottom by the swimming pool where they all tried to puch me in, so we decided to go swimming. So we all went upstairs and none of us had our swimstuff with us so we went on shorts and tshirts. By the way did i mention that this swimming pool is outside and its not heated..no well it was and my did it take your breath away. We all jumped in and i almost cried!! But i was brave and we all managed to play a few games and i even swam a few lengths. Ha we got out an dover dinner we did the prizes and the goody bags form the week and said thanks to the kids, they really enjoyed it and said they have loves every minute which is nice to hear! So packe dup again and got ready to leave.
Up at 5 and man was i feeling rough had proper bad stomach cramps couldn’t stand and was dreading the bus journey back. However it wasn’t too bad just felt uncomfterbale and sick, so i moved the bags from the back seat and set up camp and fell asleep which wa slaverlyyy the journey was amazingly good again only took i think 7-8hours to get back. We then went to elly and richs to have dinner where i was feeling proper rough so ended up in their spare room which was rubbish cos they had pancakes and melted chocolate and stewed apples..with cinoman mahhhh badtimes. But i am alove and feeling so much better so this weekend we have spent in lakeside chiristmas shopping and writing cards and letters. So a pretty chilled weekend oh yeas, and downstairs took us to a festival oh my was it scary, you see in the Olympics where they ride the bikes round the wooden track and go really high, well a woman did this with two other men and they did it on a motorbike and it didn’t loo very stable, oh and they also did it with 3 cars aswell!! Ahhhh my heart was racing i was praying but man did i want to do that again haaa it was soo much funn! Anyway here i am now Monday, sitting on the balcony in the dark because it is 6 25 listening to my music and writing to you lovely people, if there is anybody out there! Ha. I also got my first letter today HOW EXCITING. But today has been our first day in Nepali school and was lovely we taught them father Abraham and i taught the class i was in English, they were doing the letter Q. I couldn’t even say the words haha oh well thats all the fun of living in a new world and being me!!
Just a quick add on last week I waas really ill, but I am good now prayers for the whole team to be healed of sickness and home sickness would be really appreciated!! But I’m back and bouncing so all is all well!
So I know this is a rather long blog but it is practically what i have done everyday for the last two weeks!! So you cant complain that i don’t tell you anything.

Guys keep in touch as i’m missing home and stuff

Write to me its always nice to open stuff

And i will write to you back and you can have a special Nepal stamp haa

Anyway tubs needs to eat thank you for all the prayers and encouraging words guys

Pray that my family are well and are not struggling and nan gets better
Pray that are health still stays strong
And pray that nothing will rock us
I love you mann am missing you all but am getting along rather spiffingly
Lots of lovey love and hugs
The one and only
Alice in wonderland

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2kg chocolate, fried flies and dead bodies

Right so flash update, over the last two week..

eaten a 2kg bar of chocolate, been to Pilates, made momos, zumba class, morning run, eaten chocolate, Hindu & Buddhist temple, orphanage, home made chili pasta, make up by nepali family downstairs, people amazed at how tall I am, people coming to see how tall I am, people taking pictures, hand washed our undies, made a pretty washing line in our front room, power cuts, back up fail, candles, forks, marshmallows, Oreos, digestive, chocolate, morning breakfast with downstairs, unfiltered water, lords prayer in nepali, steak, festival, dead person, 100th birthday, 58th anniversary, made moms, finished 2kg bar of chocolate, English church, bbq, fat and fully fed, caught by downstairs on the way back and they fed us another meal, with extra protein (flies), defo fat and fully fed now, mountain trek, singing in the taxi, amazing views, jumping photos, nepali breakfast, uno, binge eat, choco spread fight, school, made fruit, painted, made banoffe pie, painted fruit bowls, hot oven carrying, hair caught in oven, conference planning, lakeside, dinner with granny Anne, choco chip ice cream, made grapes, man in our bathroom, pot luck supper, Barry cockroach, dead via spray and boiling water, parachute games, cheap DVDs, fruit and veg, shopping, mistaking a boy for a girl, sweet and sour, romantic dinner, power cuts and candles, church, lunch prawn crackers, game beans, photos, DVD, colouring, ice cream, hot chocolate, 6am walk to get milk, lay in bed, Gilmore girls, painting, hot rolls, new 2kg bar of chocolate, internet.

So yeahh yeah it’s been a pretty jam packed few weeks, still loving it apart from having a small break down at the fact of missing home and family etc, but im all good I’m always fine J also one of my life long ambitions has been fulfilled..I saw a dead body. I know it sounds disgusting but it was soo interesting!! Also got to take part in a bit of history in one of the churches, it was a womans 100th birthday and she was one of the first Christians in Nepal. Was so touching. The DVDs here are so cheap as well so much fun.

Its really good actually, when we go down to the market they are starting to know who we are so we are getting the fruit and veg for normal price instead of really expensive, we have made friend with downstairs now and are really at ease with them, inviting us for dinner etc which is really nice. But it is actually starting to feel like home, it’s crazy though next week we will have been here a month already!! Ahh crazy lol. Next week we are planning and making all our bits and bobs for conference the week after which is going to be fun lots of sticking and gluing J simple stuff. Won’t be on the internet at all in the next two weeks cos after this week we are going to Kathmandu for conference apparently the food is amazing and its like a 5star hotel that we are going to be staying in mean hot water and maybe even a bath HELLO excitement.

Anyway have a feeling the internets going to stop in a minute
So I will talk to you again in a couple of weeks and let you know how the conference is going.
Also yes guys, I am looking after my self and eating LOTS of veg and spesh fruit its soo good out here.
Slaters guys
Love to you all

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's all gone Pete Tong...

Okay so this week  has been pretty jam packed!! lets start for after I wrote the blog.. so got back to the house and was in a good mood, so me and Mairi decided to plug ourselves into the ipods and have them really loud so we couldn’t have anything, we decided to put some milk on to boil and Mairi started washing up. Tubs here was hungry so I went and got the coconut and attempted to open it hahah I smashed it against the wall and chipped it :S so we were laughing at this at this point the milk over boiled has gone everywhere, we were a state..so we decided to go downstairs and ask them to open it for us..she looked at as and took it and smashed it on the floor, simple if you think about it really !! So that was /Saturday evening..can you see how the weeks turning out?

Monday, we had our first orientation lesson of cultural dos and don’ts nothing we didn’t really already know like girls and girls can hold hands and boys and boys walk down the road holding hands. Then the dreaded language I really struggled with it, it felt like I was back at school and as most of you know I hated. Each day we have a lesson for 3hours, but we do have breaks which are like 15mins long so it’s not that bad. Our language teacher Basu is soo lovely he is of the highest cast in the Hindu religion he is a Brahmin. But he is completely normal!! We normal like me! /no but he is soo funny, we were learning the Nepali word for Teacher which is guru, however the word for ox, as in the animal ox is ghuru. Ha guess who called our teacher an ox :/ that was an awkward moment. For dinner we then had dhal bhat, it was actually alright will make it all for you when I am back! And in true Nepail style we ate with our fingers. Boom that’s was fun J

Tuesday was a fun day J Me and Mairi went down to the shop and bought pretty much the whole shop so we went back and the main thing we went for was rice, oh yes we left that in the shop, so had to go back downstairs past the family who asked us what we were doing now and trying to explain in nepali/English embarrassing being the only word haha. So that takes us to language, where this time I asked if the woman next door to us in the other room was his wife (did I mention that’s a no no to ask about wives etc) bad times ahah, but luckily he laughed about it! However I was still and still am struggling with the language and ended up in tears..awkward springs to mind!

Wednesdayyyy okay so I was feeling rough horrible cold etc, but we had an orientation lesson on food!! So we got there for 9 30 and waited for 30mins and then realsied it had been changed to 11 30. special. So I went back to bed and the girls went at 11 30 and I joined them for lunch. After the girls have prayed for me the language lesson went soo good, it was very very funny. Basu then told us that he was dance teacher ahah a hip hop and nepail dance teacher. AMAZING. Baring in mind he is a Brahmin! We got talking and got onto the subject of music which at this point he pulled out his phone and played…wait for it… JUSTIN BEIBER, BABY I know how amazing and there I was along way from England in a country that is not well developed to be listening to Justin Beiber on a Brahmins phone!! Good times, so we came home and played a game, well Sarah’s game. We had to agree to play the game before knowing what it is so we did. The game was you can’t talk till the last person has spoken basically shut up and sit down haha. These must have bee the funniest times of my life, honestly so much happened. Sarah sprayed mozi stuff in esthers eyes, sarah gave  esther a drink and it was pure lemon squash, Mairi went to the fridge and managed to smash the glass on the top. Bearing in mind this is all still in silence, then sarah comes along and shows us her magic egg trick where she puts an egg in her hand a tries to break it but it doesn’t coos its impossible, well this one broke ahha. And for once I did nothing I was completely normal! We then found a pen a padlock and a key in the freezer. No idea.

Thursday haha around breakfast time the song with you by Mariah Carey came on and we started singing at the top of our lungs, it started with the boy next door watching us then his mother then his sisters, then along comes the painter watching us!!  We get some look, but we are the sunshine in their lives!! Language came and Basu busted out his Nepali dance moves ahha so we joined in oh mate soo much fun. We went to house group that night with all the missionaries and it was just so amazing, I feel so at home here it’s amazing such a Christian feel to it!!

So Friday nothing much really happened. After language, came home and I taught myself guitar I was sooo good I plugged myself into my ipod and strummed along and sang, sarah and Mairi didn’t think that I could play that well but I couldn’t here myself so its all gravy baby. That evening we went to elly and richs to make pizzas hahaha,  hello flour fight everywharrrrr. I have also fallen in love with these things called momos, the nepali have them savoury, the foreigners have them with chocolate mhmhhmm they are amazing I will cook them for you!!  LOL then this is the funniest bit we came home to discover that esther and Mairi have bed bugs!! LOL I know it’s not funny but on SATURDAY we had to boil all their clothes. Funtimes, again myself and Mairi went and did the essential shop which was fun. Made some nepali friends etc. also Saturday sarah and I got up at 6 00am to go for a run, it was amazing running next to the mountains, now that’s one way to get tubs to run!! We had church which wasn’t too long 2hours long which was good J in the evening we had granny anne, crazy aunt chrissy and the lovely sue they all came round for dinner and we did our nails, a real girly night and was lovely.

And on to today..brace yourselves…. i.went.on.a….TREK. yes yes me. It was the longest thing of my life, my legs hurt and everything but I have to admit the views were amazing and we went to the peace pagoda which is a Buddhist temple built by a china man many years ago J Coming down was the funniest thing it was me and Rich at the back cos I was flapping about being slow ahah I was going down backwards to make it easier, whilst the others were way ahead I then slipped and fell on my butt and slid down. But not on a hill or a bit of rock, flat ground…special I know. Honestly they called it a hill it was a MOUNTAIN it was massive. When we got to the top we felt like celbs. Everyone was taking pictures of us and asking to have pictures with us, I know its cos we are all so beautiful!! Haha but tom (another missionary) started talking to them in nepail saying that they needed to pay for the pictures hahah, was pretty jokes. Got in a boat back to lakeside, then went and did our weekly shop which was fun, meet some street children who were fighting and begging for money which wasn’t to nice also they were high on glue. Sooo back here writing to all yous again!

Soo again any prayer requests email me!!
Having amazing time so don’t worry about me and my butt we are fine J
Our prayer points would be
Culture shock to set in (if and when it does)
And yeahh that’s its really

Love to you all

Po box 28

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Arrival of ME in Nepal...oh yeahhh

Okayy heyy guys, thought this would be a good way of telling you what i am doing etc and its not sending millions of emails all abouit the same thing!!

So Nepal is AMAZING, honestly it is the most beautiful country that i have ever seen. Right where to begin, took off on Tuesday 19th and arrived in Delhi the flight was only like 7 hours soo wasnt too bad got to sleep and watch films etc you know the usual...so got to Delhi and the smog was soo thick was even in the airports and this was like at 6 in the morning!! but want too hot, didnt get to venture outside the airport which is probs for the best!! So we got through customs and check in etc and ha saw a mouse just sitting at the top of the tsirs you know just jamming, tiny bit strange. Ermmm sat in the airport for about an hour and had our first power cut which was a little bit weird cos no one really fluttered an eyelid...but was only for 5mins if that.. Then got on a plane too Kathmanduuuu, got all our luggage arrived safely and all in one piece which is god send!! We then went in a taxi, 7 of us incuding the driver with all our luggage (which is alot) all in a small car taht fits 5ish....oh yeah and i sat on the floor! So stayed over night in Kathmandu, then got the bus to Pokhara which took us about 8ish hours, the view we actually stunning, despite the serious drops either side of you!!

Soo arrived all safe and wel and our appartment is amazing its huge nothing like what i expected.. A quick low down on what we have been doing and what we have been getting up to, because as you can tell i am in a rush!! We have had a good few days despite waking up to someone staanding peering in through our window watching us while we sleep! oh and the cockroaches in the boots and the bioys from downstairs coming up, thinking we have been murdered!! We have been Kurtas (not how you spell but Caitlin styled spelt ;) )shopping and have bought amazing clothes they are stunng, went to lakeside today and it is gorgrous, the people here are so incrediably freindly its such a relaxed country..if you type into google: Pokhara mountains that is our view from our roof..its stunning, anyway off to the taliors now for lanky mclanklank to have her clothes made for her. Defo giant here, also sorry for the grammer and punctuation and all that boring stuff, not much time and keyboard is very small so thats my excuse ;)

okay so any prayer request or anything at all just drop me an email at caitlinmckeown@hotmail.com
and what not should be on about every two weeks..but look out for faceofthebook, cos will be uploading photos. Will let you know how i gwt on with language lessons these two weeks comming

goodbye flokies
and i will talk to you laterr