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Friday, 7th of March 2008

Bye Bye Pokhara, Chitwan here we come.

sunny 28 °C

Friday 7th of March, 2008.
Bye Bye Pokhara, Chitwan here we come.

Knock knock, 6 o’clock.
Coffee on the doorstep.
At 07.00 we were ready outside the hotel. Pashpathi was there to say goodbye.
With a taxi to the busstop.
While we were having a coffee finally a splendid view of the Annapurna Range, better late then never.

A 5 hour busdrive, with a stop after 2 hours.
Arriving at Chitwan the bus stopped on a field, packed with people and jeeps.
Thanks to Pashpathi we did not need to hassle, a jeep of the Royal Park Hotel was waiting for us.
Driving (hobbling) through the village to the hotel.
It is a very nice hotel in the style of a Safari-lodge.
Very nice staff and Suk(ram) is our guide.
Our big room is situated the garden.

Lunch was served: potato mash – cauliflower – bufmeat – mie: all very tasty.

15:00: with Suk, 2 German ladies a ride on an ox-cart through the villages.
Suk explained a lot: he is from the Tharu-tribe.
Tharu houses are made from grass, then covered with mud. They decorate the houses outside with paint, prints of their thumbs and hands. Towards the harvesting more and more decorations as a prayer for a wealthy harvest are put on.

We went to the Cultural Tharu museum and Suk took us inside a traditional Tharu house: one big space with clay walls to create separate compartments. In this house 19 persons were living, as well as Suk lived in his village in a house with 19 people.
The family was sheaving mustard seeds.

The drive took about an hour, after which we had a small walk past the shops. We had to buy mosquito-oil, because Renske has been eaten alive. I have no problem what so ever.

Relaxing in the garden, talking with Suk.
His wife and son and daughter are living in his village, a 7 km away from the hotel. His wife has a small shop next to the school and every year Suk tries to buys something for this school. So far he has bought for 15 children schooluniforms.

Suk: I still remember how I felt going to school without or in a very old uniform. I am coming from a poor farmers family and I’ve been very lucky that my father insisted on going to school, although my family almost had no money. Thanks to this I started working in a hotel in a restaurant and through studying I became a guide for this hotel. I love nature, I love people, I am very happy I can do this job, showing people my beautiful country, meeting all kinds of people.
Now I am able to send my own children to a non-government school and I try to help the school of my village as much as possible.
I met a year ago a couple from Switzerland and with their help all classrooms have now electric fans.. It was boiling hot before in the classrooms with the tin roofs.
My wife also supports the school: from the income of the shop she puts everytime something apart and lately we could donate notebooks, books and pencils.
This year I want to try to buy schoolbags for the children.

I told Suk about UCAN and I will sent his email address to Voula and explain her that this village also needs support. I am sure we will keep in touch with Suk and I like to visit Chitwan again on my next trip.

19:00 Stick dancing of the Tharu tribe around the fire.
20:30 diner. Dahl Bath. We shocked some Dutch people in the dining room. They were with a big group and talking shame off us, because we ate our Dahl Bath with our hands.

Very tired of the bustrip, the farewell last night and all new impressions of today at 22:00 to sleep.
It is very warm here in Chitwan and in the evening the room is very humid.

Suba Rathri and many kisses.

Posted by Sanghita 05:40 Archived in Nepal

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