Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our New Home

View of Kathmandu, looking east, from our rooftop.

We made it. The actual trip was pretty uneventful. What was more monumental (in our eyes) is that it finally happened. We have been waiting months, almost a year for this move. I think T knew about it last March. So as we sat at the airport, bags securely checked through to our destination, sipping on a California wine sampler and eating french cheese, we took a deep breath. All this moving, all this flux, all this stress and planning, finally over (for the time being).

We have both been to Nepal before, so I never really feel the shock of moving. Maybe if it was somewhere new it would have been a little more , "Oh, wow, this is exciting!" But at a week in, it just feels kind of normal, like another trip to Nepal. I don't mind it that way, really, and I like that I know the city and can feel comfortable wandering around, learning new neighborhoods, finding new restaurants. It is a bit strange to say this is our house, and knowing that we'll be here a few years. And it was definitely strange grocery shopping for staples like eggs and flour, and that we have a refrigerator to put things in.

There’s something comforting coming to a city we know. The smells are familiar: as soon as your step off the plane, your nose fills with that scent that is uniquely Nepal, a mix of spices, humidity, car exhaust. It’s not bad or good, it just is Nepal. The sounds that are so familiar they blend into a soft song of background noise: kids running after a tattered soccer ball on a dusty playground, a mother calling from her rooftop in her high pitched call to her son on the path below, the hum of horns cascading the labyrinth of streets, the rooster with his all-day-long morning call. There’s a cadence in speech here that I’ve heard so many times it’s comforting. Much like the ups and downs of Amharic in Ethiopia, the punctuated words in Nepali, while they still may be unfamiliar and foreign, are welcomed.

We are settling in well, waiting for our things to arrive, but feeling comfortable in our new home. We have already met some great people in the community, and I am busy finding a local nursery to stock our home with plants, and our garden with lettuce, koorsani (chili peppers), and cauliflower.

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