Dhal Bhat Days

The story of volunteering in a remote mountain village in Nepal. Read the story of adventure of culture shock, teaching, living above a buffalo barn, removing leaches, peeing with a giant spider, and meeting some of the best people in the world.

“It rained last night like I’ve never experienced before in my life. I now understand the meaning of Monsoon season. Sure, maybe it was amplified in my mind as it sounds worse when you are sleeping under a tin roof; it echoed through my little barn room as if someone was dumping gravel from above. At one point I did actually consider that the whole mountain might float away. It was better to think of that rather than the huge spider that I saw above my bed before I fell asleep.”

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Want an Adventure? Ride A Nepal Bus

Posted by on September 13, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 2 Today was the day the surrender happened; surrendering to my new environment. I believe this to be the first surrender, I think there will be many more in this volunteering adventure. I met my ‘guide’ Khadgo in the morning in Kathmandu and we set out to go catch a […]

Powers of Observation

Posted by on September 17, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 4 9/2/08 For snapshots of Puma – click here! It rained last night like I’ve never experienced before in my life. I now understand the meaning of Monsoon season. Sure, maybe it was amplified in my mind as it sounds worse when you are sleeping under a tin roof; it […]

Saved By Youth

Posted by on September 18, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 5 9/3/08 I hit a low today. I think it was due to many different things; but what affects me the most is not being able to have any type of conversation with anyone. I’m not simply sitting here silent – I am trying to form together a few words […]

At Last – A Shower!

Posted by on September 23, 2008

  Nepalese Shower Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 6 9/4/08 I think it’s happening – I’m settling into my travel life a bit more. I’m not fighting all of the change as much, and starting to accept. However, the key to all of this was to have some people to talk to. Today was a […]

Barbot or Bust

Posted by on September 26, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days Vol 7 9/5/08 To view snapshots of Barbot – click here! (opens new window) To view the photography of Nepalese village life – click here! (opens new window) What the F have I done? Just when I was starting to settle in – I agreed to turn my little village world upside […]

School Days

Posted by on September 28, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 8 9/8/08 To see snapshots of the school and the kids – click here! (opens new window) To view all Village Photography click here! (opens new window) The whole reason I came to Nepal was to volunteer and teach. In some way I was trying to recapture my rewarding experience […]

Do You Meat?

Posted by on September 30, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – vol. 9 9/9/08 During a break at school one afternoon, I noticed a big crowd in the village. I asked the children what was going on and they said “buffalo kill”. The village was slaughtering a buffalo and from my vantage point it looked like a lot of work as they […]

Flower Children

Posted by on October 4, 2008

Dhal Bhat Days – Vol. 10 9/10/08   To see all of the snapshots of the ‘last day’ activities – click here! (opens new window) Time is very powerful. In fact, I think it’s the most powerful thing in this universe. Time heals feelings, it causes us to forget, and with time; everything gets better. […]


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