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People of Nepal

Written on: Thursday June 14th, 2007

A journal entry from: Elective

Walking around Nepal I have noticed something unusual. I am tall here. It seems that for a woman to be over 5ft is uncommon, and the men are only about my height as well! Poor Sophie is towering over everyone!! The lady we are staying with must be about 6" smaller than me, which is saying something! The children are all tiny as well, making it exceptionally difficult to guess at their ages when on the wards. For example, a patient on the malnutrition ward, that we had estimated was about 2 years old, turned out to be 4 years old! The 'babies' that we place at about 6 months? Nearly 2! It's very strange!

 If the height difference wasn't enough, both of us being very pale and blonde isn't helping either. We are having to become accustomed to the uncamouflaged stares we get on the streets. The people here are not embarrassed to openly gape at someone, which has been making us feel just a little uncomfortable, but there's not a lot we can do about that!

One thing which is clearly noticeable as you walk around, is the face that many of the public wear masks. To be honest, with all the traffic kicking up storms of dust, I don't blame them! At the end of the day, if I've been walking around a lot, I do feel like my face is filthy, but I don't think I'll be investing in a mask just yet ;)

Another thing which I've found a little disconcerting, but also a bit comforting in a way, is the presence of military police everywhere! There are many traffic policemen directing the otherwise random traffic, but only at roundabouts and other spots that need some organisation! Aside from them, there are an abudance of blue-camouflaged guards, carefully positioned at important places, such as the king's house, and the temples. Although they can make you feel a little awkward, it's better that they are there to keep people safe!