So we have now settled into our new accommodation - separate rooms each with two beds and a pedestal. There is a great shrine room right on the same floor where we sat today. We have our own volunteers kitchen which we share with a French girl called Manon who has been here twoonths and an Aussie called Ben who is leaving on Tuesady next week. Jen will move into his room as her room looks out onto the bogus dorms where's Ben's andine look over the houses next door and up towards the hill suurounding Ksthmandu valley. We have yet to catch a glimpse of any mountains!! So here' s the thing. This place is also filthy - it seems cleanliness she's not big in Nepal - certainly all that we have seen!! Jen is totally bummed as it was not what she expected from places supposedly practicing Buddhism - where is the kincdness and awareness?? So most of last and this morning was spent cleaning- put rooms, the kitchen and the bathrooms which it seems we share with the other volunteers and a couple of monks who live in this floor/ Ben tells us that they are not the most aware fellows When it comes to cleaning up after them!! So Jen and I went out today to are ally good and spotless supermafketvand bought all sorts of cleaning cloths and soaps to put in the four communal bathrooms, which have a loo and shower and basin in one room.
Right now I am lying on my bed under the mossie net which I set up this evening as last night I was kept awake by what seemed to be only one mossie- powerful little sucker though as It won!! The windows do have nets on them but I had left the door open earlier. The boys are doing pooja now right below us. The building is built in a square with a large well like space in the middle sobthey sitting in rows and chanting which would be fine except they are leaf by one of the older boys who is bellowing into a mike which is held too close to his mouth - the noise from him is pretty excruciating - really get the feeling that he should be put out of his misery😃 in true Aussie way, Ben calls it " Nepal - whose got talent!!!" Which we (and the boys!!!) are subjected to twice a day from 6.00 to 7.30 then again at night from 7.00 to 9.00!!! Once again an older monk patrols with the long stuck which is slapped down next to a boy - we can look down on what is happening - haven't seen anyone hit yet!