Yesterday I arrived out to this side of the Valley and made the mistake of walking home from the Spinal Centre at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, arriving to my apartment drenched with perspiration and red faced – I always was the glamorous one.
Weather here is hot and humid, 28C today but with humidity it measures as 36C. Now I know some of you are considering I am a bit of a wimp if I am struggling with 36C but you have to remember I just came from Bowen Island at 20C with cool breezes a few days ago so it takes a little time to acclimatize. Needless to say my hair is a curly mess (no, there are no photos!) but tomorrow I hope to time a hair wash with availability of electricity so I can blow dry my hair in an effort to tame it somewhat.
There’s been no monsoon rains since I first arrived in Nepal, but tomorrow through to Monday we are in for thunderstorms and much rain with risk of flooding. Oh joy! The last time it flooded in Banepa a few weeks ago, it looked like this. The photos show the main entrance to the town from Kathmandu/Bhaktpur. Let’s hope it’s not as bad this weekend ….
I moved into my rooms yesterday …..
I unpacked pretty much everything today, hung pictures on the wall, set myself up to take care of light meals and have figured out the loadshedding schedule.
Banepa is in Group 7 so we have no electricity for 11 hours per day. I am only grateful there is electricity throughout most of the night as that means I can run the fan while I sleep.
The last three days have been auspicious days for marriages and every where I turn, there is some or other wedding groups dancing their way along the street to the wedding banquet hall. I managed to capture one such parade this evening from my balcony. The brass band sound much better than my camera could capture.
And finally video footage – 1:40mins duration. You’ll notice the women are the primary dancers with a few brave young fellas joining in. But for the most part the men keep themselves rather proper in their smart attire.
You may have to turn your monitor sideways for a perfect view but you can still get a good view if you don’t. I realize upon looking at the video again, the road out front is pretty rocky! You’ll notice the car being jolted around a bit, and the wedding guests are carefully picking their way through the ruts and stones in their finery. It’s been this way since I first came here but apparently it is being prepared for black-topping (tarmac-ing). I’ll believe it when I see it.