Annual Medical Checkup
I'm in Kathmandu for my annual medical checkup. A dental cleaning (no cavities), a physical, and stool/urine/blood tests. I'll be here until the weekend. The physical exam went fine -- I'll find out the results of the stool exam on Wednesday. I'll be surprised if they don't find something living inside me.
Virginia has organized a few trainings at the women's center for the
monsoon season. I think the greatest benefit of the trainings is that they
give other PCVs an excuse to escape their posts during the long monsoon
months, and ensure that we will have a steady string of visitors. There
will be one week of trainings given by Sarah (the English nurse/midwife
VSO volunteer in Janakpur) in which she will explain to PCVs how they can
teach women's health in their villages. Other PCVs will be coming to interview
the employees at the center to capture their stories and allow us to create
biographies of the women (with a women's empowerment angle for some sort
of future publication hopefully). The last training will invite PCVs to
come and paint with the women and take them on visits to other Maithili
I was also going to ask if you'd discussed travel plans any further. If you could take time off in October (I have the entire month off for Dasain and Tihar), we could meet in Germany. That would probably be the cheapest destination for everyone -- there aren't many direct flights out of Kathmandu, but there is one to Frankfurt. I don't think I want to travel anymore during monsoon, especially around south Asia.
I'll talk to you soon.