Back in the ‘Du


I’ve been back in the’Du for about six weeks now and, shamefully,  have hardly posted anything on the blog.  I thought I had the discipline down…perhaps not.  It seems that it a required tradition that after I return from Greece, I go through re-entry displacement for a while.  I know its coming, but I never know in what form until I try and settle back in everyday life.  By re-entry displacement I’m referring to a feeling of non-belonging anywhere really which, accompanied by other issues unforeseen, leads to life in a hazy funk for a while and an abandoned blog.  (Who wants to read about hazy funks!).

I remember two years ago going through a similar period after I returned from Greece to the Philippines.    Oh the rain!  It rained nonstop for weeks straight and I don’t mean English drizzle.  It pounded down relentlessly, the streets flooded, people were forced out of their homes, but on the 21st floor of a Manila high rise apartment, I just felt trapped and bored.  Back in Kathmandu, I was hoping to return to a rainy season that was mainly over.  Was I ever wrong!  It has rained heavily every day for weeks (mostly at night) and, this time, with flooding and fatal mudslides. For hillside villages in rural areas, it has been devastating. For us, of course, its just meant lots of mud, mildew on everything, drowned plants, and a soggy background to a series of work and health challenges which have been slowly coming under control.

As the malaise lifts I remember why we came here, and the reality that we now have only ten short months to appreciate where we are and enjoy Nepal for what it is – warts ‘n all.  Normal service will resume shortly…..

Its the rainy season and …guess what…its raining!

Fish eye view of raindrops


The rainy season goes here from June to about November.  Its cloudier than usual although the temperatures are usually in the mid-80s.  We get heavy rain every day for a short while, or at least the threat of it.  (The gloomy clouds gather above me as I type.)  But its kind of refreshing to be out of the heavy sun for a while and a cloudy 85 degrees is feeling pretty reasonable these days…so I don’t mind it most of the time.  That may be because I’ve missed 2 typhoons and one flood by sheer luck and good timing with trips abroad, so the rainy season is just feeling a bit wet right now, rather than threatening.

We had a heavy downpour last weekend and decided to go down to the pool for a swim anyway, with the camera…and have some fun with photos: