Week of June 21, 2020

News from Nepal

Finally, after nearly 90 days of full lockdown, Nepal is beginning to loosen restrictions. That has made things both easier and harder for some of us. For instance, The post office is now open, so theoretically I can get my package that was sent several months ago from my prayer team, but no public transportation is running, and neither are the taxis. The university offices have also now opened, so it is time for me to go renew my expired research affiliation (which provides me with the visa I need to live in Nepal), but again- how do I get there? Walking is about the only option at this time, but these offices are miles and miles away from my home, and it is both blazing hot and raining since it is monsoon time. Yesterday, a friend of mine had to walk 6 miles EACH WAY to the immigration office, and spend 9 hours there, just to renew her visa. It is nice to be able to get out and about after being inside the house for the past 3 months, but it will be challenging to get to where I need to go until things resume to a bit more normal. The next phase of loosening should happen in 21 days. Until then, I am just taking it one day at a time right now, and one trip on-foot a day seems plenty. Other than that, things are good, and I am safe and well. That’s all a girl can really ask for in times like this! I hope you are well, too. Love and miss you all. Karin