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यो गाजर संग घटना सम्म सबै राम्रो तरिकाले जाँदै थियो…  –  It was all going so well until the incident with the carrots…

यो गाजर संग घटना सम्म सबै राम्रो तरिकाले जाँदै थियो… – It was all going so well until the incident with the carrots…

Pokhara
You can only get so far in Nepal by resolving to just speak English. Admittedly, you can get around the tourist trails, but you won't communicate with a good percentage of Nepalis nor comprehend much of the culture. After all, expressions, sayings, polite forms, etc tell you a huge amount about another person's worldview. For example, in Nepali there is a separate title for each relative, depending on gender, age, and side of the family (e.g maternal younger uncle vs maternal older uncle vs paternal younger uncle and paternal older uncle ...... you get the gist). So in this scenario four different titles are used for the English word 'uncle'. Lesson learnt: Family matters in Nepali society, and it is critically important to understand someone's position within a wider family…
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Room with a view

Room with a view

Pokhara
I'll  tell you something about Nepalis - they know how to build a room with a view. After a really restful first week in Kathmandu,  we successfully made the trip up from Kathmandu to our house in Pokhara.  We hired a big minibus to take all of us, our bags and a couple of co-travellers on the 8 hour trip through stunning valleys, winding along the path of a river as it wound through huge gorges and forests.  Road travel is a somewhat hairy experience here - as far as we can tell the rules of the road boil down to give way to anything that is bigger than you and charge towards anything smaller than you, whilst leaving as narrow a gap as possible. Add in some interesting pot…
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Of luggage, landings, and live wires

Of luggage, landings, and live wires

Travel
How can the weight of your combined hold luggage increase from 5kg below the airline weight allowance to 11kg above the weight allowance within a couple of hours? This exact question arose from a last minute weight check, and occupied me at 3.50 pm on the 27th January, exactly ten minutes before the waiting airport taxi was due to ferry us to Heathrow T4 for our flight to Doha. I could have had a good stab at the answer, but more importantly, what was the solution? Qatar airlines charge a hefty £50/kg for excess baggage. So, out flew the breadmaker, drawing board, outdoor ball game, and a few more items, and off we went to chance it on the Qatar airlines weigh in scales ....... (and, yes, we did get…
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Family of the week, part 2: The recordings

Family of the week, part 2: The recordings

UK Preparation
After brief daily live recordings from Monday to Thursday for the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show's 'Family of the week' we had a great time in the studio on Friday the 1st December. For an hour and a half we got a look behind the scenes, and were give some more air time. It was a fantastic experience for everyone, and hats off to David Prever and the team for weaving all the content and live input together, seemingly without effort. Well done also to our our little tribe, it looks like we have finally found a way to induce model behaviour in our kids, you just need a radio studio. Easy!! On another note, it was great to share about the journey ahead (among other things!), and for anyone…
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Family of the week

UK Preparation
A message via our blog contact form last Friday: Would you like to be on the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show as the 'family of the week' starting on Monday the 27th November? That is what I call short notice. Yes, of course, was the answer. So, we are on the radio this week for a few minutes every morning at 7.50am, looking to be just a little more awake than we normally are at that time of day. We phoned in yesterday and today, and we have already covered how we met as a couple, what we do, and what the plan is for the 18 months in Nepal. However, there is more to come for the next three days, and more to hear from the kids too. They…
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Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

UK Preparation
"Can we move to Nepal now?" asks our seven-year-old, on finding out that mum and dad are confident that it is right for us as a family to move overseas and get involved in community and resilience building in Nepal. She is incredibly keen to start the adventure that afternoon, planning to climb Mount Everest as soon as she gets there. We absolutely love Ella's enthusiasm and energy, but climbing Mount Everest, as moving a family of five to a developing Asian country, requires preparation. Lots of it. So, how should we best prepare for living and working in Nepal, a developing country where 50% of the population live on $1 a day. The starting point is that we trust that this is the right time and the right place…
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