Day 2 - Kathmandu part i
By Brian Wong
Today we visited the Seven Women’s Center where we were honorably invited to see the rooms where women are taught skills such as cooking, sewing, reading etc. It was pleasing to learn that there were organisations who cared about women in need and raising funds to help them develop the necessary skills. We were also fortunate enough to have teachers at the Center to instruct our cooking lesson where we cooked Nepalese-style food. It was very nice of the instructors who were undergraduates at local universities to teach us cooking. There was a cutting session at the start of the cooking class where we got to cut ingredients for our curries, such as tomatoes and green onions. Everyone was beginners at chopping, but Bravan’s skills exceeded everybody’s expectations - even the instructors were surprised at his impressive technique! I would say the highlight of the day for me was getting the chance to add and stir the curry because it was a great opportunity for me to try preparing and cooking Nepalese cuisine.
In the afternoon, we had a Nepalese language class that was taught by one of the teachers from the women’s center. We learned many Nepalese terms from numbers to answers to conversational questions. This language class was extremely helpful and meaningful because it equipped us with sufficient Nepalese. For example, “Ali Mahango Chha” means “It’s too expensive” (यो धेरै महँगो छ) and “daan ya bhad” (धन्यवाद) means “Thank you”. These words were useful when we bargain in the market and show our manners to our hosts at the homestay respectively.