I arrived in Kathmandu (via a layover in Istanbul) yesterday around noon, and have been installed in the guest room at the seminary where I will be teaching starting this morning. As I arrived I was heartened by the warm weather, the air was fresh after a rain, and the temperature in Kathmandu was in the upper 50s (I'm guessing).
I soon met with Sharad Lama, the General Secretary of the IFES movement in Nepal, and we went over details for my time here. Sharad is such a capable and gentle person, pastorally concerned for the comforts of my stay here, completely well organized regarding our various logistical details we need to arrange. I am confident my time in Nepal will be well used.
Being here in Kathmandu has made me grateful for heating in my home in California--it is nice to enjoy the fresh air but it is also nice to enjoy climate controlled living. (The buildings I've been in here are unheated and astonishingly well ventilated!) l Last night I went to bed with two layers of clothing over most of my body, and several blankets on me, and a hat on my head, as you can see from the picture. Actually, I was quite fine once I had all those layers. I slept for four hours, for which I was also grateful, and after that realized that I wouldn't be sleeping any more before class starts, so I began to work on this letter. Finally, I am grateful for reliable internet connection, which I will have at least during my time in Kathmandu, and which makes this letter and communication with Lisa possible during this long stretch away.
Rich and Lisa Lamb