SO FAR SO GOOD! We arrived at the office today to find that the internet wasn’t working, and I discovered that I’d left the house last night with one of my flip flops and one of Prem’s, and there was no time to swap them out today, so I’m still wearing till two different shoes. Basically, our final preparations for the arrival of our Cal / UConn / UP Research Team included:
1. A beginning of the day de-stressing office dance party.
2. A discussion about the value, or lack thereof, of name tags. Everybody else in the office thought I was nuts to insist we pick some up, because apparently sticky name tags are not a thing in Nepal. I spent about five minutes trying to describe a sticky name tag and then advocate for its value in life, only to have everyone get very excited when Muna ran in to her office and then came out triumphantly with a sticky note, which she planted on my shoulder to the raving approval of the rest of the staff. I countered that, aside from the fact that a sticky note is not a name tag, this made me look like an inventory item, and stuck it to Muna’s face to prove my point.
3. Rearranging the dowry couches gifted to us by our landlord, and cleaning the office. Ready for visitors!
5. Reviewing the schedule, completing our welcome packet, confirming hotel reservations and a training hall and a bus, organizing the inventory so it looks like a wax library, picking up everyone at the airport and sorting supplies in the hotel! Want to know the best part?
Dr. Sokal brought NAME TAGS!!! Basically, I won, and that’s what counts.
Welcome to Nepal!!