Kathmandu is a long way east of Birtamod. Some of the ladies have never been. To get to Kathmandu we have to catch a bus for 20 hours. We start in the afternoon and arrive the next day. The bus is crowded and some of us get travel sick. But we like to go and to learn about our capital city and we had many things planned for this trip.
We decided who it would benefit most to go. Some of us were going as part of preparing for our trip to America. Three of us need to get visas to the United States of America and needed to see a consultant. Others wanted to learn about grinding spices and we wanted to meet people. Maya was going for an update of her Montessori training. We were a big group! We were very excited because we were going to meet Geoff and Sarah. Sarah came to stay with us and taught us English and we were so excited to see her again and keen to meet her husband! She was going to help us with more English about our visa interview. She wanted to see one of our ladies Neha who has nearly finished her course in counselling. Project Didi, which Sarah is part of, has supported Neha in her studies and Sarah wanted to ask Neha how the course was going and about her plans when she finished. We will do a whole blog post on our wonderful Neha.
We met Sarah and Geoff and it was so good to talk again and practice our English. Sarah was excited about our new designs and had ordered many items to sell. Geoff, who is tall as you can see in the photo, had been to USA and gave us good ideas about what the interview was like for him. It was really valuable and we have a date for our interview. It is hard to get a visa but we are so hopeful that we can learn many things in the USA and then come back to teach the ladies here. We hope the Embassy understands that this is our heart desire.Tomorrow we will write about some other places we visited in Kathmandu!