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I was called out recently for letting this blog thing drop, so here’s a post! (On a day when I’m not feeling great, and was lucky enough to have the person I was supposed to have a meeting with this afternoon cancel because there’s a petrol shortage. Sometimes I feel like Nepal loves me). Here are some things I’ve been up to:
- I was on the road for a while, all over the place. Eastern hills for a Limbu language teacher training, eastern plains on the way back to visit one of the government of Nepal pilot multilingual education (MLE) schools. Then back to Kathmandu for a day and a half before heading to mid-western plains for a Tharu language teacher training and visiting various other schools and communities.
- The way back from that trip was an epic jeep ride, starting at four in the morning, crossing straight through a river on the way to Lumbini with all the jeep windows down, Buddha’s birthplace, and only ending in Kathmandu, in the pouring rain, at 7 at night.
- I got back very shortly before giving a talk about my research at Martin Chautari, a discussion group among other things. Despite having almost no time between getting back and presenting (perhaps because of?) it went really well and led to a good discussion afterward. I’ve since heard that people at the Ministry of Education and Tribhuvan University have been talking about it, which I guess is a good sign! (though copies of my talk got forwarded eventually to two big people in MLE who consulted for the Government of Nepal MLE project who roundly insulted the paper and said I was too young to have an opinion. I guess it’s good to balance out the praise, keep my ego in check?)
- And because people at TU were talking about it, they invited me to talk there. Next Tuesday, July 6th, at 1:00, Center for Nepali and Asian Studies at TU’s campus in Kirtipur.
- And because I have to give a presentation at the Fulbright commission too, I’ll be talking there on July 8, 5:00. USEF, Gyaneshwor, down from City Center towards Rato Pul.
- Which reminds me that I’ve been writing a whole pile of things about what I’ve been doing. If you’re not someone I send those to and you’d be interested, drop me a line.
- I’m trying to do all these things at the beginning of July because I’m headed to Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang) with some friends in mid-July to visit a nonformal literacy program in the local language, Lowa, they’ve been supporting.
- That will take me up to near the end of July, when I’ll be heading back to Boston. My ticket is in the process of getting booked, and then I’ll let you all know exactly when I’ll be home. Due to the Fly America Act I will most likely have an atrocious itinerary back (because my grant and therefore my plane ticket come from government money, I have to fly on American carriers as much as possible, which does not make for a pleasant way to and from Nepal)
- On the social side of life, a great number of my American friends have gone and left recently, including my incredibly awesome roommate.
- Luckily I have Nepali friends! And there’s this World Cup thing going on. You might have heard of it in the States. Because of the time difference, the games are on here at 7:45pm and 12:15am, which is a little rough, but hasn’t stopped me from watching an awful lot of soccer recently.
So there is an update. Anything y’all still want to know about my life here, what I’ve been up to, etc? Asking questions is a good way to get me to write in this thing.
Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Miranda.
Oversimplified for sure, but nice to see in the news!