Aarrgghh my stomach is in so much pain. Giardia is back. There is no mistaking the taste of a Giardia burp. As soon as the shops opened I raced (well, walked awkwardly with a stomach full of gas) out to a pharmacy and bought some Metronidazole. At least this time and I can kill it early. The unfortunate thing is that today is the day I had to ride across Kathmandu to the school at which I’m volunteering for the next five weeks. I studied up on how Giardia is spread and made the (maybe awful/irresponsible) decision of not changing my plans. I knew that I have a private bathroom at the school, so I am hoping that with extra special care (and overuse of the antiseptic soap and hand sanitiser I bought), I can make sure I don’t pass it on.

I made it through the day fine. I have had an incredibly warm welcome to the school and I can safely say I will have a wonderful time here. It is a private school with students from 2 years to 16 years. While most students live in Kathmandu with their families, nearly 100 students come from all over Nepal and therefore live at the school. The school itself is one big, multistorey building with inside corridors and a cafeteria, so it reminds me of an America school in the movies. The cafeteria serves food four times a day, so there is no chance I’ll go hungry. I spent the afternoon crashing a few classes and meeting staff. Tomorrow I start giving lessons. I am excited and nervous. It’s a new thing for me but I think I will love it. It will be interesting to see what the experience does to my back-of-mind idea of one day becoming a teacher.

My new home

Accommodation School at which I’m volunteering
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 16,071km