Last Saturday we went to our Didi (a woman who cooks and cleans for foreigners or wealthy Nepalis) Jibu's house. It probably takes about half an hour to walk there but my mom and dad kept stopping to take pictures so it took about an hour. She has three sons named “Suedeep,” “Sondeep,” and “Beepin” (these are probably not the real spellings of their names, but simply how they sound). They have come to our house before to play. Suedeep had bought a Checkers and Backgammon board so he wanted us to teach them how to play, so we did.
After that we went to see their animals while the adults talked in Nepali. They had rabbits, goats, and the tamest water buffalo I've ever seen. You see, water buffaloes are like big cows with horns and have a bad reputation for pushing people off high mountain paths. People use them for their milk and for plowing fields but they're quite dangerous. I was standing two feet away from it, just out of range of harm, given the rope that secured it, trying to get in a picture with it, when Beepin jumped down from the rafters of the stable (which is where they keep the food for the animals) onto the water buffalo’s back! After that we had a fun time riding it.
For lunch we had Daal Bhat (a meal of rice, lentils, and sometimes vegetables that most Nepalis have two or three times a day). The rice and vegetables came from their own fields. They even had chicken that they'd killed that morning. After lunch we played in the field, drank chiya (a common Nepali tea), and had a water fight while the adults talked. We decided to go home because of a thunder cloud that we saw coming toward us and because we wanted to get home before dark. This family is Hindu so please pray that we'll be able to tell them about God and Jesus and that they will listen.
|Ride'em cowboy Nate!|
As some of you may or may not know, my brothers and I are doing Tae Kwon Do now. Since yesterday was Republic day (the day that Nepal became a republic) all of the people doing Tae Kwon Do marched around the town in their suites with an ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation) banner. They ended down at the big field called “Tulelikel.”
|Can you spot the four blond boys- well three blond boys and a nearly bald white boy- among the sea of dark haired kids?|
(P.S. The events contained in this message were not necessarily approved of by my mom.)