Sunday, June 11, 2006

World Cup Fever and Big Meals

Like my brother's girlfriend and dog, Jennifer and I also have World Cup Fever. I thought the Super Bowl received too much hype, but that was before I experieced previews for the world's only true international sport. It has been crazy. Nepal's football team rarely plays international contests but it seems not have dampened people's interest in the tournament. Nearly every hotel in town boasts big screen TVs and discounted drinks, even though the games play at 9:45pm and 12:15am.

Since we returned to KTM, it has been busy as expected. Two nights ago we met Anil and Munu Karki for a movie. The Karkis were our homestay family in Jiri. They moved to KTM a couple years ago when the tourist business dried up due to the fighting. Now they own and manage a guesthouse near a local buspark. Anil is attempting to get into medical school and Munu is now in grade 8.

The next day we went to Patan to see the Basnets (pictures above). They were Katie Hyde's homestay family 14 years ago when she and Jen came to Nepal with the Miami program. Jaget, the father, works for a social research group called New Era and does really interesting work throughout Nepal. Right now, he and his group are studied sex workers in southern Nepal and HIV/AIDS transmission. We stayed for dinner and watched the England/Paraguay game. A very pleasant evening.

This morning we visited with the KCs again but this time at Roma and Druba's apartment near the airport. We weren't able to see Roma when we visited early during this trip. She is Jen's little Nepali sister. We had lunch with them. Druba, Roma's husband, works for a construction company but is really an aspiring artist, and considering he has no formal training, an incredible artist as well. He gave us three paintings to take home. I already have one of his works in my office and my students frequently comment on it.

Tonight Santosh Jirel came to the hotel for snacks and more World Cup. Santosh is from Jiri and Jen met him first over 10 years ago. Even then he was extremely intelligent and precocious. He used to compose poems in English and read them to Jen. He's incredibly sweet and really really smart. Now Santosh is in KTM trying to go to college, but he cannot attend without a scholarship. In August he will take a scholarship exam. There are 200 scholarships available for 3,000 exam takers. If he earns one of those scholarships, he wants to study engineering.

Tomorrow it's more visiting and a little shopping.

Our website is nearly ready but I don't want to publish it until we get home and we've had a chance to make final changes.

That's all for now. Enjoy the pictures.



Irwin and Ruth said...

Wonderful pictures. You both are looking great! Enjoy your last few days there and have a safe trip home. See you next week!

Jells said...

Hi guys. I agree with Irwin and Ruth, great pics and you both look great, except you could use a haircut Chris. Make an appt. when you return to Morris or if you want I can make one for you. I've really enjoyed the blog this trip, I can't wait for the movie. Rumor has it that Brad and Angelina are slated for the starring roles. Have fun and be safe. -Jells

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