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Travel: Kathmandu, Nepal – Day Twelve

Travel: Kathmandu, Nepal – Day Twelve

Photo by Jeff Clark for Apolis Activism

By Shea Parton

Although curious about the metal detector and bag search required as I entered my second Christmas service, I quickly understood after hearing about the last bombing (Source: Dec. 5). Three hours had passed with my favorite translation headphones when I finally got to see the Mendies Haven kids perform, lights out (Source: Sep. 6)! Then I headed straight to brunch where I turned down two Saturday wedding invites, December has to be Nepal’s monsoon wedding season. Driving to the Haven to spend the day with the Mendies's, I was reminded that in Kathmandu there are no stop signs, no smog checks, no such thing as a speed limit, and the right-of-way is only decided by who charges the hardest. Passing a line of fifty cars and over a hundred motor bikes you can’t ignore Nepal’s current petrol shortage. It’s no wonder Nepal taxi drivers try and squeeze every rupee out of each ride. At least three times a year fuel is so scarce they have to wait in a line for an average of 13 hours for a maximum of 3 gallons. Nothing better than an afternoon of soccer with kids at the Haven followed by an evening with the Mendies family eating dinner and watching a movie. I couldn’t help falling asleep while playing cards and sooner or later I will listen to the concern of friends and get checked for narcolepsy.

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