Baby, it’s cold outside! And inside.

No, but really. It’s freezing these days in Kathmandu. Two things aid to the cold: 1. no indoor heating; 2. the fact all my winter clothes is still in Croatia. If I tell you it’s 4 degrees Celsius outside in the mornings, and 18 during the day, you’ll tell me I am a wuss and cannot handle a bit of cold. What you don’t know is that it’s not much warmer in the house either. Let me see you get out of the bed in the morning when your room measures, oh let’s say, 10 degrees. Ha, not so brave any more, are you? That’s what I thought. Seriously, not having indoor heating is the worst. There is no way of escaping the cold. You need to shower, and occasionally take off your clothes. You need to get out of the warm bed in the morning and in the cold. And it’s not easy. Luckily, most of the days are sunny and you get a chance to warm up during the day, but then there are some days when the fog lingers and clouds set upon Kathmandu. It’s then when I really long for my coat and new Ugg boots. On days like that I also skip my shower. You see, water in Nepal is warmed up using solar system. No sun, no hot water. No hot water on a 4 degree morning, no shower for Ms.Z. For the sake of others mostly, I always hope a no-sun period lasts for one day only. Even though, in this cold weather, there’s no chance of breaking a sweat anyway.

We all know of these dear and near (European) neighbours who like to be comfy and warm in their sandals as well.



It turns out, this particular fashion is quite popular in Nepal too, though mostly among female population. With the colder weather girls don’t bother with getting warmer shoes. They simply throw on some socks and go around sporting their flip-flops / sandals. Frugal. Though I’m not sure it’s practical. I would assume socks get dirty quite fast in the never-settling Kathmandu dust, and from personal experience I can tell you it’s not easy walking in flip-flops with socks on. Kudos to very coordinated girls in Nepal! I will, however, very gladly buy Ugg boots and sport them until the cold is gone (maybe even beyond – my feet are like ice cubes all year long).

How are you staying warm this winter?

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Living without a filter

If you chose to live in Kathmandu, you chose to live your life without privacy. In fact, I am not even sure a word for privacy exists in Nepali language. All the houses are so close to each other that at any given moment your neighbours know very well what you’re up to. “Howdy neighbour! I see you are reheating your daal-bhatt for dinner. You might want to reduce the flame as your rice could burn easily. The brand you’re buying is not that good”, is what they would say upon seeing you in the kitchen.

I, for example, know exactly on what days our first-door neighbour does his morning exercise, what days he practices playing his flute, and what days is the singing practice for him. Needless to say, all of those are not pleasurable for us. During his exercise he encourages himself loudly by saying “breathe in, breathe out”, and he is a beginner in both flute playing and signing. But at least the guy’s got hobbies, no?

Nepalis are rather curious people. I grew up in a small town in Croatia, and I am somewhat used to people constantly spying on neighbours, talking behind their backs and such. But no one does it so openly like Nepalis do. There are no private stuff here, no secrets. You got indigestion problems? Be sure all the neighbours, family members and friends will know about it within several hours. Something embarrassing happened to you? No worries, let me spread it to everyone real quick so you can feel even worse about yourself.

If you get a little plump from all the rice, don’t be surprised when people openly tell you you put on weight. If you have a bad hair day, rest assured someone will comment on it. Your lips are too small, yup, better suck it up, as people will be looking at you and commenting. Your hair is too long/short, your face is too pale/dark, your clothes is too small/big… these and much more are openly commented on at any given moment. And it’s not like we’re not all thinking that, but Nepalis are the ones who would actually say it right to your face. That’s fair enough though, I believe. You always know where you stand with others and what they think of you. No hidden meanings and games here. Honest and fair. Without a filter.

Could I possibly be more honoured?

Nepaliaustralian is one of my favourite bloggers who always writes about interesting topics in an amusing and fun way. Oh what the heck, I’ll just say it – I admire her and her blog. So there you have it, I said it out loud. So you can only imagine how happy I was to find out that my blog has been nominated for Nepaliaustralian Blog Award 2013! It was totally unexpected, but oh such a nice surprise! My post Anything is possible in Kathmandu is nominated in a category of Most Witty Blog Post 2013.

In any case, I am not just bragging here. I am sharing this with all of you, my readers, to urge you to go to Nepaliaustralian’s blog and vote for me! Just leave a comment on her blog. Copy and past the following: Most Witty Blog Post 2013-4 in the comment box by clicking HERE.

Thank you!!! I love you all 🙂

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