We had both lunch and dinner invitations to people homes. We ate tons of food. I cried saying goodbye to the King’s Kids staff and Dielip. And we laughed and talked and had a great time.

Although I won’t miss only have power 4 hours a day, bucket showering and the pollution, I will miss all of my Nepali friends.

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Today we found Manoj without much incident and got some general shots of him living life and walking around with his friends.

The Others went to our campus all day and did interviews and filmed an all campus meeting.

When we got back from our shoot, I ran into the guy the Others were supposed to be interviewing at our hotel. He was like, “the power never came at my house, so your team is there waiting!”  So needless to say, the power situation started messing with us as we got down to the wire. So we had to reschedule for the next day as we were having lunch at his house.

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka was visiting Katmandu today. I don’t like him very much. Or rather, I don’t like the fact that they kept closing the streets for him to drive through, even though he NEVER DID. We sat for 45 min, three cars back from the roadblock as they shut down the main road in town. Literally as SOON as we got out to walk, they took the road block down (they were about to fight) and the van picked us up again.

So by the time we started looking for Manoj to do the interview (again) it was about the time that Dielip usually went home. We were all exhausted, hadn’t eaten anything and spent an hour walking around looking for Manoj. Tomorrow is our last possible day to film (Dielip is busy on Thursday) so I almost LOST it.

Right when were going to give up, we ran into a kid who lives with Manoj. An organization that helps street kids has paid the rent for three of the older street kids to live in a small room. So he took us their room and  Manoj was there. It turned out really well because Manoj was really talkative and in a good mood. Much better than the day of the picnic. We took him up to a Buddhist temple on a hill overlooking the city where it is relatively quiet.

The only thing that interrupted us was a  troop of monkeys that ran through in the middle of the interview

We sent the van back to pick up The Others (what we named the other half of the team, yeah LOST), unfortunately they got stuck for over 2 hours because of Mr. Prime Minister.

But the others did successful interviews at the Saran Home, a house for women recovering from AIDS, and all in all it was a good day.

Until I got hit with a water balloon in the head walking to lunch/dinner after we got back.

I did not handle it graciously.

Day 13

March 10, 2009

Most of the team hit the ground running early Monday morning. They went to see all the various sites and film all the different things that we have going on in with the leader of our organization in Katmandu.

Emily and I stayed back and were supposed to go and find Manoj to re-do his interview, but Deilip had other meetings, so we couldn’t go. Instead we went to our friends house and set up the lights and waited for the power to come on to do interviews with the King’s Kids staff. They were a bit nervous and the power came 4 hours later than it was supposed to, but we got them done and had a lovely time drinking tea and laughing in the meantime.

Weekend: Days 11 and 12

March 10, 2009

We had the weekend off.

Day 10

March 10, 2009

Morning:
Braden and Chris got footage this morning for cutaways. (Dielip took the day off)
Here are the stories they told us when they got back:
People kept trying to sell them stuff and got in the way.
Braden is much taller than most Nepalis.
There was a rabid dog who kept jumping in this guys cab and they laughed as he kept trying to get it out.
And they got some sweet shots.

Afternoon:
Emily and I went to the slums to films the King’s Kids staff doing a kid’s program and got stared at. At one point I knelt down to say hello to a Kings Kids staff and when I looked up I was surrounded by 50 kids (see pictures). So I made them count to twenty in English, and then go over the days of the week, and then we counted to twenty again and then go over the days of the week again. I was slightly flustered too as I’m naturally terrible at kid’s programs. I should have done the ABC’s because it would have taken much longer.

By the way these were like luxury slums. The kids were super clean and nice, and there was pavement. Emily and I were super impressed.

When we got back from the slums, the Pohkara team had just gotten back (rather late because their bus had gotten a flat and there was a strike in Kathmandu so they couldn’t get into the city…there are strikes ever other day). So we were re-united again and went to dinner to celebrate Jill’s Birthday (which was on Thursday). She’s 22 now.

Picnic: Day 9

March 10, 2009

Today we road in a van packed with 30+ street kids and us as we went to the botanical gardens for a picnic and a day full of food and games outside of the hustle and bustle of the city. It was absolutely gorgeous. You can’t really see that the hills are green from the city, they look like the muddy brown color that is the air.

There are two rival gangs of boys on the streets. We road with one gang, and Manoj and his gang came with Deilip in the other van.

Manoj’s gang beat the other gang at a soccer game which sparked mass frustration, but minimal fighting.

We pulled Manoj away and sweet footage and did an interview with Manoj. Then the P2 card reader froze when we got home and we lost most our footage that day. Thus begins Stephanie’s stress levels spiking.