Our program orientation starts on Monday. Since Thursday I have been living in temporary apartment with the five other ETAs (English Teaching Assistants) and two of the researchers. We live by Lazimpat, around several embassies, in an apartment that reminds me very much of my first week at Pitzer College Nepal. The other Fulbrighters are all really great.
|Pretty nice apartment. We even get cell phones and computers this time! |
I have been dubbed the 'social coordinator' because I know how to get around in Kathmandu and I know where some restaurants and monuments are. On Saturday we found our way down to Durbar Square for the Tij Festival, and then on Sunday we walked all the way from Lazimpat to Swoyambhu, through many of the interesting back alleys of Kathmandu and across the river.
|After a couple hours, Swoyambhu is still far in the distance...|
|And here we are a little closer.|
But Nepal has a way of surprising you right at the moment you feel like you've got your bearings. Going down Lazimpat on our trek to Swoyambhu, we saw some interesting wildlife, at least to American eyes. Now, I've seen enough of Nepal that I wouldn't bat an eye if I saw a cow or a goat wandering through traffic or a monkey crawling along the power lines. But I didn't expect to see giant fruit bats flitting through the trees in broad daylight right near the Ministry of Education in the center of the city.
|Your typical Austin bat is roughly the size of this fellow's head|