Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day Five: Dinner Party

Tuesday, April 3. 12:00 am.


I'm hip to your game now, Rooster.
Phew! Lets define a whole new level of exhaustion. I actually slept in today until 7 am (right through the rooster!) and had a light breakfast. They often eat at a patio table outside which is such a nice change. Jackie and I looked at colours almost all day. First we chose our favourites from a few different colour charts (hundreds of colours total). Then I worked on making our own personal charts from those colours. We also worked in Bindi's office on the new winter line and all the new samples (mitts, scarves and the kids sweater). I also worked with a lady on a summer headband. She may be the most beautiful woman I've ever seen (Puja). M guessed they have about 300 knitters working for them. There were four group leaders in the office yesterday, but one of their mothers passed away this morning, so they were at the cremation grounds today. 

Working on some of my samples.
M also had two sets of bad news this week: his son didn't get into the private school he was hoping for and his mother found out today that she has diabetes (Note: later in the week, they found out his younger sister also has diabetes, making four members of the family, including M). It's a very common disease here.

Supervising in Playland.
After work, we went out for dinner with most of the family (all five boys) and had a great time. There was tons of food and they ordered many dishes that everyone shares from the middle and I love this. I ordered a Kathmandu beer and it tasted just like Canadian, but the bottle was about two pints worth. One thing I noticed is there is very little interaction between the Nepalis and the waiters. Maybe a caste thing? It seems like in the West, the servers are expected to become your best friend while you're eating dinner. Weird.

Kathmandu beer.
The main topic under scrutiny tonight was weddings. It was very shocking to them that I live with Kevin and that we are not married (and have no plans to marry). This is not done in Nepal. Period. No one seemed put off or offended by our "scandalous" behaviour, but M did say that no one does that in Nepal (I believe his exact words were, "You would have to leave Nepal!"). In fact, the weddings here are massive events with hundreds of people (for those who can afford it or who take out a loan). 

Also, while we were at dinner, M had a gin and tonic and drove us home. There is zero tolerance here - you can't even have one drink and drive. Of course we were stopped by a ride program for a check by the police. Here they usually just smell your breath, but these guys had a breathalyzer machine. They didn't check him (lucky), he said because the car was full of women so they trusted him. Funny that they are so strict about drinking and driving, and yet seatbelts are never worn. 

It was 9:30 pm by the time we got home and Jackie and I went right back to work. We finished colour cards and buttons and new colours for next year's winter stuff. Now to bed and tomorrow morning we are going to the monkey temple at 6:30 am! It's thunderstorming now, so hopefully we can still go. They never get snow here and most people in town have never seen it. I still have a bit of work to do tonight, so that's it for now. Short and sweet, but we mostly worked today anyway.

P.S. I have realized that having to go outside to get to the bathroom puts you at a great disadvantage during a thunderstorm!

Silly boys.

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