|Khoreia Tamang Village near Changu Narayan ancient temple village.|
This article was first published Dec. 2013 for the Expat Blogs' Blog of the Year contest (http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/743/top-10-what-to-expect-from-a-rural-homestay-in-nepal). I wasn't able to publish it with the pictures or links, so here it is fully illustrated.
1. Meteor showers are incredible. Check with astrological sites to see if there will be anything spectacular while you are here in Nepal. Plan your homestay to coincide with such events (International Meteor Organization).
2. If you bring a gift for the wife/mother she may not be able to keep it. Please bring two gifts, one for the mother-in-law and one for the wife who will be serving you if the family lives in the traditional, extended-family type home. Also, ask about appropriate colors if you are bringing scarves or other clothing. Red is not to be worn by widows in many places in Nepal and other countries in Asia. Scarves and the beautiful necklaces they sell near the temples make lovely gifts for $1-5.
|Even some of the children this little girl's age can speak English|
|A group of Nepali teens with faces painted for Holi, a holiday resembling Halloween in the US.|
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