The Contrasts - cows, city, work and festivals.

We live in a country where cows are sacred. A common view is to see cows stride around the streets or relax in peoples backyard. For instance, we have two cows in our backyard. Sometimes, I like to compare how cows are treated in Nepal, to the treatment dogs gets in Norway. One of the biggest difference is that dogs in Nepal is to some extent treated as rats in Norway.

Another comparison I would like to draw is between the cities. Kathmandu - a hectic, big, and polluted city versus Dharan - a tropical, luxuriant and very green city. The scenery of Eastern Terai, Nepal, is breathtaking – a beauty I really look forward to explore and share with you further on. 

Almost two weeks have gone by since we arrived in Nepal. And to be quite honest – not so much has happened. This is related to the fact that we arrived in Nepal one week before the festivals and holidays started. Thanuya and I both like things to happens – and because things are going a bit slower here in Nepal due to the holiday – we need to be creative and make the best of our time. Thus, we have reorganized our apartment and office, got to know our neighbourhood and the Red Cross District/Sub Chapter Office ( Sunsari District Chapter ). Others things have been to find out which coffee shop we can buy good coffee, hiking, making food together, made plans of what to do the following weeks and not at least catching cockroaches in our flat. Basically, gotten to know eachother better. Moreover, because we are the only foreigners in Dharan (at least what we are aware of) – we have received so many curious looks. Therefore, an important goal of ours have been to say hi to the locals and show our faces by strolling down the streets in Dharan.

Please leave a comment or two on what you would like us to tell more about, and also visit our Facebook profiles (Facebook profiles Thanuya Ungdomsdelegat and Camilla Ungdomsdelegat) for more photos. 

Dhanyabaad! 

- Camilla

 

 

 

"BUT, WHAT IS YOUR REAL NAME?"

After spending a couple of days in Kathmandu we are now on our way to our district, Dharan. Very excited and curious about our new colleagues, friends and our new apartment we are going to see for the first time.

Colourful, diversity and joyfulness are all three words which briefly describes our experience during our first days in Kathmandu. The diversity of Nepal is fascinating. Both regarding to how people look, but also the different kinds of religions among the locals. During this week we have had the pleasure of visiting various temples, walking around in touristic areas like "Thamel" and eaten delicious Nepali-food like “dalbhaat” and “momos". This Saturday we were also very lucky and honoured to be invited to the engaged and motivated youths of Tri-Chandra Red Cross Youth Circle in Kathmandu. Here we got to meet some of the Red Cross youth volunteers and exchanged our Red Cross experience and activities - as well as some norwegian and Nepali songs.

However, some experiences have not been so pleasant. For instance, getting my waterbottle stolen from a monkey randomly on the street and having to wear a mask in our daily life because of the very strong pollution.  As you may understand, arriving in Kathmandu has been an experience very different from the Norwegian context - but we love it. Luckily, we do have Saturdays off to rest our Norwegian minds (and yes, we do work on Sundays here in Nepal).

Others things worth mentioning is hearning comments like "Oh, so you speak fluently Norwegian as well?" in our Nepali-language class and teaching our new friends how to prononce our names has been a real treat. When we first got to introduce ourselfes, I got the comment "But, what is your real name". So, from that time Camilla has been given the nepali-name, Kameela-  while for me, I still need to figure out what my real name is. Apperently, "Thanuya", is a name of a city here in Nepal. 

These are just some short happenings from our last four days, therefore we are really looking forward to update you from our district Sunsari, Dharan. In the meantime, feel free too leave a comment or share our blogpost. 

Thank you or as they write in Nepali नमस्ते 

Nepali-Hugs from Thanuya

 

 

To do more, do better - and reach further

Namaste, Welcome and Velkommen, 

Firstly, we are humbled and thankful that you want to follow us on this blog, on our journey for the next nine months in Sunsari District, Nepal. As part of the Youth Delegate Exchange Programme ( YDEP ) our drive is to contribute with inspiring, motivating and facilitating youths doing more, doing better and reaching further in their local communities through strengthening humanitarian activities.  So, who are we? 


Listen – Learn – Laugh 
Photo by: Sverre Ø. Eikill

Photo by: Sverre Ø. Eikill

I, Camilla, is about to start my dream of working as a Youth Delegate for the Red Cross in Nepal. This is my first time to visit Nepal. Thus, I’m curious and excited to live and work in a country very different from the culture I am used to, together with Thanuya. 

During this adventure, I’m eager to learn more about humanitarian youth activities; a new language; exchange culture; learn to cook Nepali food; and to enjoy the stunning nature of Nepal. In order to experience this, I will listen to those I meet along the way, learn from youths, co-workers and different stakeholders, and contribute with a good sense of humour and a big smile.

I have over five years of volunteer experience from the rescue corps, information work related to humanitarian values, principles and international humanitarian law. Moreover, I’m a political scientist with international experience from Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.

 

Exchange for Development and Sustainability
Photo by: Prakriti Bista

Photo by: Prakriti Bista

I, Thanuya, have always had a desire to get to know new people and cultures. This can be related to that I grew up in a home with parents from South-Asia. My ability to being open-minded is a aspect I really hope to bring with me as a Youth Delegate. The value of forming new friendship is something I appreciate a lot. I therefore hope to find people who makes me laugh a little bit louder, smile a little bigger and live a just a little bit different throughout my misson in Nepal. 

For the last six years I have had the pleasure to work with and for youngsters, both as an employee and a volunteer. Working with youths has been both challenging and fun. Challenging because there is no right answer to reach a goal. Fun because I have had the pleasure to learn from them myself. These experiences is something I look forward to build on in Nepal. I also bring with me an law degree from the University of Oslo and international experience from France, Australia and Colombia.

After visiting our blog, we hope that you become entertained, curious and inspired. Thus, we appreciate constructive feedback concerning what you would like to read and see more about on our blog. Furthermore, you can also follow our Facebook profiles (Camilla Ungdomsdelegat og Tash Ungdomsdelegat).

Danyabaad, Thank you, Tusen takk from Thanuya & Camilla,