Outbound

It is a wrong concept that you need lots of money if you want to travel.

All you need is the will and the way presents itself. It was November 2009 and an acquaintance contacted my traveling companion/photographer in search of English teachers for the most reputed school in Nepal, Malpi International School in which his Uncle was the principal.

In no time our bags were packed.

Sign Board, Nepal 2009
Sign Board, Nepal 2009

With hardly any rules for Indians to enter the country, an overnight train journey to Gorakhpur from Delhi, a cycle rickshaw to cross the India-Nepal border, Sanauli and a bus ride to Kathmandu, it was a cake walk; almost.

Malpi International School was 35kms from Kathmandu and the Principal personally came to pick us up. The residential school was built on a hill in the village of Panauti in Kavre district.

The village from the school, Kavre, Nepal 2009
The village from the school, Kavre, Nepal 2009

Atop the hill, the school was secluded from any kind of noise or distraction. Banepa was the nearest town and students and teachers would go there once a week for buying tuck or eating Newari(a nepali tribe) food.

Morning Classes, MIP, Nepal 2009
Morning Classes, MIP, Nepal 2009

I was teaching the juniors. From the fourth standard to the eighth, I would teach them in the morning sun at various spots. Sometimes in the field, sometimes on the roof and sometimes where the sun falls the most.

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Assembly Hall, MIP, Nepal 2009
Assembly Hall, MIP, Nepal 2009
Principal's Office, Nepal 2009
Principal’s Office, Nepal 2009
School Building, MIP, Nepal 2009
School Building, MIP, Nepal 2009

The School was huge. The main school building consisted of all classrooms, Assembly hall, labs, libraries, staff rooms, common rooms, art room, principal’s room and not to forget the sick room. There was separate hostels for boys and girls and dining hall for all. A tuck shop was also fully functional.

Badminton in the winter sun, MIP, Nepal 2009
Badminton in the winter sun, MIP, Nepal 2009
Helping Hand, Panauti, Nepal 2009
Helping Hand, Panauti, Nepal 2009
School Sports event, MIP, Nepal 2009
School Sports event, MIP, Nepal 2009

The two months that we spent there was reminiscing school. It was just a different perspective this time. As we helped them with the annual sports event, we made some good friends in the teachers and some in the students.

It was time to go back to Kathmandu and visit Pokhara before Mother India called us back.

Machapichare, Pokhara, Room view, 2010
Machapichare, Pokhara, Room view, 2010

A room with the view of Machapichare( translates to the back of a fish), Pokhara was calmer. We met some friends of friends in Kathmandu and they did not leave any stone unturned to make us have a good time. Two days here, we were back to India. Food was great here and from Pame Hill the sky was so clear that shooting starts were visible by millions.

Light. Lake Pokhara, Nepal 2010
Light. Lake Pokhara, Nepal 2010
Pokhara Lake, Nepal Jan 2010
Pokhara Lake, Nepal Jan 2010

The day we left, we went to see the lake in the morning sun and it was the best picture and note to end my trip to Nepal. Two months in Nepal and I met way too many sides of myself. The journey from India to the border was completely delightful because it was my first outbound trip and what was in store for me there was all a big surprise. We found a way to stay in Nepal for two months and be conscious about the way we travel. Teaching is a very good option whilst you travel, we discovered.

I travelled in November 2009-January 2010

 

 

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