Woke with more bites than ever and this even with insect repellent. They are so itchy too despite taking antihistamines and treating with insect bite stuff from the UK. Bit down this morning - after the euphoria of arriving am starting to find everything SO different and am craving some normality. It's a bit of sensory overload I think. KTM assaults you on every front - smell, colour, sounds, taste, touch- and it is a bit overwhelming. I haven't yet learned to filter out some of the aspects of life here and while I am trying not to miss a moment it does mean that I am in sensory high alert. So this evening I got home early, booked an appointment at the doctor for my bites and bought instant noodles and crackers for an evening in. I'm in my PJs and regrouping.
I will be fine. I just need to stop for a moment and regroup then go on.
Today at school I spent the first 3 sessions planning lessons. They have a proforma that they use printed as a pad so I hand wrote my lesson plans for the week. It took a lot of persuading to get the teachers to sign up for lessons that they want me to teach but I have finally managed it and there's about 2 a day. As with all training the most valuable discussions are those informally over Nepali milk tea (without sugar for me!) and the deepening of relationships.
I taught 2 sessions of circle time before lunch for two very different groups of teachers. The children were a bit bemused, although they enjoyed the games, and found the discussion very hard. I had to talk with the teachers afterwards and persuade them to use Nepali for circle time so that the children feel comfortable.
After lunch were more games and I got to play badminton (of sorts) and skipping outside, embarrassed myself trying to hula hoop, and then back to class 4 for grudge matches of tigers and goats. Then a walk home in the heat.
I'm 12 days into the adventure and I am overall enjoying myself greatly. There are things which frustrate me, which are hard to deal with (especially the poverty and filth) but overall it's been positive. I now have to drink a lot of water, plaster my bites with witch hazel to try and stop them hurting then go to bed early. Tomorrow I have to teach English and circle time part 2....no rest!