I knew I was going to get culture shock when I arrived here though i wasn’t prepared for how hard it hit me when I arrived here a week ago..I didn’t do heaps of reading etc on the situation(Though the Nepalese Society answered all my questions and then some) -before I got here as I wanted to it to speak for itself rather then me impose some construct of what the situation is here. The rawness of life really strikes you and how incredibly lucky we are in NZ… we really have no idea how good we’ve got it. Power cuts are a daily occurrence here and in certain periods of the year these can be up to 18 hours a day. The dust and pollution and water are all issues as is just existing for sections of the four million residents in Kathmandu. Homeless children as young as four or younger beg in the streets of Thamel at night..mothers ask you for milk while shoving their baby , who is crying in your face…it is quite confronting…and all done in English as the Nepalese are incredibly well educated.There have been tears..it is learning to observe and take it all in so I can write about it constructively..not be trite or condescending about it…I am still waiting to link in with some ex homeless children I have been linked into by an NZ NGO . One of the most telling things for me so far has been watching these two little girls playing in this pile of rubbish and filth between two buildings…these children where covered in dirt, they found a rope and a started skipping….. it totally got to me. I am starting gather some nice images which i will share ASAP…looking forward to meeting the ex homeless children looked after by Orphans Aid International. Sorry this is all a bit stream of consciousness but I have Kathmandu pollution head…seriously the amount of stuff in the air is mind boggling..like breathing through a fire place/car engine!It has to be said the Nepalese I have had the luck to meet so far are amazing. I love this city.