How I rescued a little girl: Leaving home

Well so we had become friends. And my stay in that village was soon going to be over and I was to return to Kathmandu. Which I was happy about for myself, but the thought of leaving that kid behind to that very probable kind of dark future and in a present that was already bad enough to begin with … this thought really troubled me. But it was not like ...

Rita and I are becoming friends

The Nepali Podcast First part of the story What happened was this: I was staying in this village for quite some time, and I had developed this habit to have a cup of tea in front of the Nepali Hotel where I would also eat Dal Bhaat for lunch and dinner every day. I am the kind of person who really enjoys solitude and stillness ...

Rescuing little Rita

My Nepali Podcast Well this is the beginning of the story when I rescued a little girl from a harsh future. But it is also the story of me separating a young girl and her father and leaving her alone in a situation without any real guarantees that her future will be truly better. Which one is the real one? To spoil the ending for ...

Nepal: An insightful outsider’s perspective

My Nepali Podcast Often times I still feel weird and presumptuous to be writing about Nepal and the language as if I was a better expert on the subjects than any Nepali. Often my inner censor awakens and shouts at me: “Who do you think you are, talking about this? You better shut up!” But then I remind myself that I actually believe that such ...

Corruption in Nepal – is there a way to get rid of it?

The Nepali Podcast is part language practice for myself and part an introduction to this blog post. To further elaborate on my thoughts I will explain now in greater detail in English. I personally believe that the way corruption is institutionalized in Nepal is maybe the biggest obstacle in the way of a economic and social prospering in Nepal. Corruption is based on a very ...

The “bathroom”: Personal Hygiene in Nepal

Having lived in a variety of conditions in Nepal, I also got to know a great variety of “bathrooms”. The best bathroom was a marble bathroom with a proper bath tub and running hot water. What is not really a luxury even in an average Western household, was regarded as a luxury by me … I was just too aware of the many ways of ...

Lost in translation: So many “toilets” in Kathmandu

Ok, here is a funny story for you. In the beginning of my travels to Nepal, not only my Nepali was extremely bad, but also my English was very lacking – to say the least. It was good enough to get by … most of the times. So what happened was, when I would be walking around in Kathmandu, I would see all these little ...

How I became almost friends with a Nepalese rat

The mouse… Or the rat … I am honestly not sure what she was. Are there mice with long naked tails? Are there white rats? Anyways, this is the brief story of how I became (almost) friends with a rat in Nepal. Luckily I did not end up eating the rat, as I ended up eating my goat friend. This a story from the same ...

My heart is calling for Nepal

डाकदैछ [Daakdaicha] – it is calling संकेत [sa~ket] – sign, hint, allusion Since the beginning of this blog in May 2015, I have been studying a lot of Nepali and remembering many past experiences from Nepal … and now this has led to me longing to travel to Nepal again. Very strongly. My heart डाकदैछ [Daakdaicha] for Nepal. Which is awesome, since for a long ...

Lessons learned from being ill in Nepal

I have become ill in many different ways while staying in Nepal. So I want to share a little from those experiences and the lessons I have learned High altitude sickness The first time I got ill, were the mild symptoms (extreme weakness, heart racing, headache, grumpiness) of high altitude sickness at Gokyo Lake (the Mount Everest region). That was quite problematic for me, because ...