An early start today, woke to the sound of traffic & horns in Kathmandu. We had to be ready with breakfast over, luggage in the foyer and in the meeting room at 8 AM. At the team meeting we introduced ourselves and shared a little of why we wanted to join the team, given a run down on how the projected worked and the preparations to be done.
The alleys and streets in Kathmandu are very narrow and winding with outer main roads, and traffic in the narrow alleys are rickshaws & scooters, so we had to walk to the main road for the bus to take us to Benapa. While waiting some one took a photo of the street scape, but there were some military around who saw and demanded she delete the photo, and chased the bus to make sure it had been deleted.
A typical drive in and Asian country on unmaintained roads, radical overtaking, twists and turns, horns beeping. It took us about 1 ½ hours to arrive at the Scheer Memorial Hospital. We firstly went to lunch, and then joined a welcoming ceremony by giving us a scarf and orientation to the hospital. Then it was into unpacking supplies - 7 metal trunks and just as many bags of dressings, theatre gear, needles, syringes, toys all to organise for use.
After a rather organised chaos we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner. On arrival we were greeted with another scarf and flowers, offered afternoon tea, then our rooms.
Throughout the day we were trying to get information about our luggage, with very little luck. Then we were told that it would arrive 8.30 pm tonight and we would not get it until Monday, how we would get it up to us was another matter! 2 1/2 day without clothes was very challenging, some team members were very generious lending us some fresh clothes to wear.
Blogging is going to be very random as the internet drops out frequently due to the power going off.