As the city awoke on my first morning in Kathmandu, Nepal, I was serenaded by the sounds of barking dogs, roaring motorbikes and loud men on clanging bicycles - presumably trying to sell things. Any negative feelings caused by this rude awaking were immediately washed away as I sat up in bed and saw the city for the first time.
It was sensory overload, as I gazed on the seemingly infinite trees and buildings, all uniquely colored and shaped.
Ivan (my roommate) and I cooked eggs, oats and strong black coffee for breakfast. He explained that we must be very frugal with our natural gas usage due to the fuel shortage. Once our tank runs dry, there won’t likely be an option to refuel. I arched my eyebrows and replied, “Wow. Ok then…” We climbed up to the rooftop to enjoy our morning meal with a view.
After breakfast we walked to the SunFarmer office, navigating what seemed to be a complex maze of streets, alleys and dirt roads. We finally arrived at a beautiful home on an unassuming road, surrounded by gardens and greenery.
Inside I met my new workmates including: Avishek, Marco, Kushal and Swikriti. I set up my work station in what will become my office for the next seven weeks and got rolling!