Before proceeding with the adventure, I must pause and mention a few things you should know about Nepal. People in Nepal are hustlers. They hustle every day and all day long, I was picked up and dropped off home by same buses with same conductors and drivers after over 7 hours. Respect 🖑 The fact that Nepalese have no weekend, and Saturday is the only day off is amazing to me! Even in my line of work, I am still amazed.
The buses in Kathmandu are intense, sometimes. First thing to notice is the bus conductors/ khalasi. I recently heard from a Nepali that those khalasi(s) are trend setters and they follow crazy fanatic fashions. I took a few pictures, it is kind of difficult to do, as they move so fast.
Also they decorate those buses with all the unnecessary things!
While on the topic of buses, the way it works is simple, they stuff people like sardine 🐟🐟🐟 in a can ( some even smell like it)
Even the goat didn’t get out of it.
Sometimes it is quite funny, because people get angry when the bus is being packed. Just yesterday the man in the Nepali hat was fighting with the lady because his face was clapped in between her arse cheeks 😂 and he yelled at her for getting on the bus knowing she is fat and there is no space 😁
And sometimes it is annoying as hell, because yesterday (and for my luck today) I got a conductor who kept caressing my body while I fall asleep on the way, no matter how many times I pushed him away! He finally decided to put his hand on my breasts without even hesitating for a second! He must be born on a lucky day that I had no mood to strangle him with my stethoscope or public shame him! let’s see how it will go today (I type this while I am seated in the same bus)
Now, looking like a local is not always a good thing, like most people assume it would be! I am living this experience in Nepal (bad place to try to be a local, most of the time) a few examples below:
When they are driving, they don’t care about my legs, a few times I almost lost my leg 😣 they avoid foreigners with a honk, but don’t care about locals much!
For instance, while we were on the bus topic, foreigners/bidessi are respected and cared for, on the other hand, Nepali life seem to be of no matter! One day in the bus, the khalasi asked me to get up and gave my seat to a Chinese lady 😮 saying I am Nepali I don’t matter I can dangle out of the bus hanging with one arm.
The annoying thing is this, no matter how much I say I am not Nepali, lots of the time people just don’t belive me 😑 I had a talk with the hosptial director about, I said mostly those people think I am one of those posh Nepali who doesn’t want to speak Nepali, he said they probably think I am a NRN (non-resident-Nepali) 😂 I honestly cannot do anything about it but laugh.
Even one night as we party in Fire Club Meena said to me she needs a period pad. I (being western in thought) said we will go to the toilet see if they have something there or ask someone. She said to me: those Nepalese girls will never help if they see you are Nepalese! 😑 For my shock it seemed that way til I said I am not Nepali I am an Iranian volunteer doctor from the UK. Only then they handed me napkins along with pads for Meena! 😣
Even when I try not to fit in, it is not possible. People here not for a second suspect I am not Nepali! Even when I am in the hospital with my colourful scrubs patients walk in assume I am a Nepali and talk to me! One day it did feel good when a whole table up in the cantine stood up in respect thinking I am the doctor in the hospital 😍
Well now, it is 08:46 in the morning, and Richard calls me a teenager for waking up so late 😂 he does not know I am awake so early I just randomly write my blog or study before I get out of the room. I need to get ready and out of here to the hospital.
We had 2 interesting cases yesterday I would like to go check on them. Also I will need to update this blog entry frequently with things you need to know about Nepal.
Until next entry