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Follow students from the Technical University of Denmark on a journey to help hospitals in developing countries to better maintain their medical equipment. In the summer of 2016 we are sending 10 students to Nepal.
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Blog 4 by Mathias

Almost 6 weeks in Nepal are now history and the flight ticket home is scheduled in 4 days. Tomorrow Mads, Sofie and I will present the results of our stay at Phaplu District hospital for the hospital staff, some local students and the personal in the health district office. Some of the headlines in our presentation are: 45 medical devices have been put back into service, a few selected of the hospital staff have completed a course in simple electric fixes and soldering, and thorough interviews with the doctors regarding the hospitals need of specific medical equipment have been conducted.

I personally believe that our one month stay at Phaplu hospital contributed to an enhanced patient care for the people in Phaplu and the local area. We have repaired 45 devices including multiple oxygen concentrators, an infant incubator, an infant warmer etc. which is both expensive devices but also providing a lifesaving treatment.

I further believe that the hospital moving forward will be able to handle more repairs themselves with the newly achieved knowledge regarding electrical fixes and safety. This is by far a much greater achievement that the hospital in a smaller degree relies on help from outside since Phaplu hospital is located very remote.

Nepal has been such an amazing country to live in. The nature is truly magnificent and unique. Waking up at 6AM looking out the window at the Himalaya mountains is indescribable and something everyone should try.

The Nepali people are the most welcoming and warm hearted people, I have ever met. Wherever we went, there was always a kind person to show us the correct direction, translate nepali or enlighten us with nepali culture.

I will definitely return to Nepal in the future!

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My last namaste

Right now I’m sitting at a coffee shop waiting for my tuna sandwich and cafe latte. In a few hours I will be flying to Hong Kong where I will stay the next week. I look forward to a week that will be very different from my last six weeks in Nepal and probably also from the last year in Denmark. I will be on vacation doing absolutely nothing! It’ll be great!

Friday we first said our goodbyes to our wonderful host family and later to our friends at the hospital. When we hugged Rameesh (one of the technicians) his eyes got all teared up. Hugging is actually not an acceptable thing in the Nepali culture, or it of course depends on the person and how close you are, but both Sara and I decided to give all the technicians hugs, which ended in a lot of awkwardness.

I’m amazed by how good a relationship we got with the maintenance staff in this short time period, especially because of the huge language barrier. It’s been amazing working with them and I kind of promised to visit when I come back to Nepal again. Which I hope I can keep.

Working in a developing world and being out of my comfort zone for six weeks has been challenging, frustrating, interesting, educational but most of all it has been amazing. I’ve had my ups and downs and sometimes I felt that I had more downs than ups, but in the end looking back at it now, it has been a great adventure that I would not have been without.

We managed to fix 66% of the 53 equipment we looked at, but the thing I find the most important is all the social relationships we have established at the hospital. Trust is an important thing anywhere you go and building up the trust between us and the hospital staff has been difficult, but we managed and have a really good network which hopefully will be useful for the next volunteers coming to Bharatpur District Hospital.

The person that affected me the most has been Dr. Rameesh, the surgeon in charge of the OT. Last week we interviewed him to get a better understanding of the equipment at his department and which new technology he would like to have. To every question he would just answer: “We work with what the government gives us…but we manage.” Every sentence always ended with “but we manage”. He has been working at the hospital as a surgeon for 15 years and even though I have never seen him operate I believe that he is an excellent surgeon. He is a very passionated man. He would just open up biomedical equipment without having any electrical training at all. He could easily get a very well paid job in Kathmandu with the best biomedical equipment and a clean OT, but he is in Bharatpur helping the poorest people in the district and this is what changed the way I saw the hospital. For a long time I had distanced myself from the hospital, the patients and the staff, but after this interview I started to respect the place. We need more Dr. Rameesh’s.

It’s incredible how fast the last six weeks has passed by. I’ve learnt so much, not only about the biomedical equipment, but actually mostly about cooperating with people whose way of approaching life and mindsets and are so different from mine. I’ve learnt that if we want to work together the culture- and especially language barrier is not a problem. We are all human beings that do not need language to communicate and become good friends. Speaking helps a lot and makes the process much faster, but if  you truly want to understand the person in front of you the language will not be a problem.

This trip definitely have had an impact on how I will approach different cultures and cooperate with people in the future. I have definitely become a more patient person. Patience in Nepal is very important since delays and unreliable people are common problems, compared to Denmark where you would apologize for being five minutes late.

It’s been a real adventure and I’m eternally grateful for everyone I have met. I hope we’ll see each other again.

Saving equipment, saves lives!


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Fixing stuff and being useful

I think I’m getting used to Bharatpur, not the hospital, but the city. I’m not sweating as much as I did the first couple of days and I’m getting used to the daily routine. We wake up at around 7 am sometimes with the fan on (really nice), but sometimes in the middle of a power cut, which means that I will be lying in a pool of my own sweat (not so nice). The homestay family is great and they make  the best Nepali chiyaa (tea).

The hospital has a maintenance department with 3 technicians where only one of them is doing any work, Ramesh. The other two can sit for hours under the fan doing absolutely nothing. We work close together with Ramesh, he knows a lot, nothing about biomedical equipment but he has a good understanding of  electrical circuits, which is really useful. The language barrier can be challenging since teamwork requires a lot of  oral communication and Ramesh’s english is very limited. We are doing our best and today we fixed an anesthesia machine together. We mostly communicate by watching what he is doing and trying to figure out what goes on in his mind. It works most of the time.

Yesterday I got sick, it was just a cold, but since I wanted to go to work I decided to buy some pills for the symptoms. I visited the local drug store, explained him the situation and got some pink pills. He said they where good. I took the pills before googling the name, bad idea, but I was desperate. I later found out that it was antibiotics, so now I’m on an antibiotics cure for a cold. No wonder we are developing multi resistant bacteria.


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Blog 3 by Mathias

Two weeks of work at Phaplu District hospital has come to an end. To work with the local doctors is a very different experience from what is to be expected from back home.  Time schedules and meetings are rarely on time and deadlines are in Nepal a less used working tool. The doctors medical professionalism and commitment is however overwhelming and very much of a surprise to me. Being a doctor at Phaplu District hospital is not only about treating patients for illnesses but also to be a front runner and a role model for the local society. Walking down the streets accompanied by a doctor is often a time consuming matter due to all the greetings, gratitudes and friendly exchanges between the villagers and the doctor.

Mads, Sophie and I have been working and to begin with, most of our time went by organizing and cleaning medical devices which had been put out of service.  Now two weeks into the project we have successfully repaired 24 devices and amongst those are several oxygen concentrators and manometers, a radiant warmer, two pulse oximeters, a pulse oximeter monitor. The next two weeks will hopefully be just as successful as it has been so far!

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Blog 2 by Mathias

The first few days in Phaplu has passed and what an experience it has been! Everything from the small wooden houses to the amazingly beautiful mountains are new to us.  Acclimatizing to both the altitude and the local culture has been in focus even though the latter seems to be the most difficult.  Mads, Sophie and I have been allocated with a local family consisting of a grand dad (the family’s head), a grand mom (the master chef), the oldest son (the shopkeeper) and his wife and two children. Several daily helpers are also staying with the family which in return for their service provide accommodation, food, education and care. We have all been friendly received with open arms and are looking very much forward to our stay.

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Namaste from 34 degrees and power cut

July 16th 2073 (Nepali time).

I really enjoyed my time in Pepsicola. I lived with a great host family (and their washing machine). We had a lot of mito chha food and learned more about the nepali culture and especially the caste system, which is really interesting.

Sunday we (Sara and I) said our goodbyes both to our host family, and also to the 15 other engineering students who are all now scattered out in Nepal working at different hospitals. We are in Bharatpur together with Umesh, a Nepali electrician from Janakpur, working at the local district hospital and had our first work day Monday the 11th.

The hospital is nothing like I expected. Bharatpur District Hospital is the largest district hospital in Nepal and also one of the busiest hospitals. Since it’s a district hospital it is only visited by the poorest people in the area. The typical occupancy rate is 120% and the daily out-patient number is around 1500-2000.

We have been working there for a week now and it is extremely challenging (without overestimating it). I was expecting bad conditions, but I would never be able to imagine these conditions. Hygiene is not a priority. It’s been difficult to find a spot to wash my hands and I have not yet seen alcohol dispensers for disinfection. There is garbage and stray dogs everywhere. There are not enough beds in many parts of the hospital and seeing especially pregnant woman lying on the ground, in the maternity department, a few hours from giving birth has been difficult. They lie on few mm thick mattresses rubbing their stomachs and there is nothing we can do about it, which is really frustrating. The hygiene we want to help with. Setting up alcohol dispensers is not a problem, but we need people who can fill them up when we are not there, so now we are trying to make friends with the staff, especially the nurses.

 In Nepal they work 7 hours a day 6 times a week so saturdays are our only days off. This precious day we spent sightseeing in Devghat with Patrick and Jon, two of the other volunteers. In Devghat we saw the junction between two of the major rivers in Nepal, which is a religious place in Hinduism. It was nice getting away from the city and the noise.

 The hospital is definitely going to be a great challenge, but I really believe that we can make a difference. I look forward to the next three weeks which I know will be filled with a lot of frustration and hard work, but hopefully also a lot of fixed equipment.


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Play Date

Today we the EWH DTU Nepal SI 2016 Bhaktapur group donated 4kg of Lego to a local school, Sunrise National School.We were able to play with them and help them build towers as this is the first time they’ve ever seen Lego. It was great fun and we could see their creativity blossom :)


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Blog 1 by Mathias

I have by now completed a 3 week intensive engineering course and 10 days of Nepali language training, and I am more excited than ever to travel to my hospital location and to meet my homestay family. I am going to stay here for 4 whole weeks with the intention of repairing and structure medical equipment for Phaplu District hospital as well as becoming as integrated in the local culture and society as possible. Both tasks seem possible due to the well-arranged preparations, and the longing for actually utilizing the newly gained skills grow by each day and each class.

/ Mathias

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The first week in Nepal

We’ve been in Nepal for a week now, but it’s first today I have some time and a semi-good internet connection.

We spend the first five days in Dhulikhel in our own little european bubble at a resort. We started our language classes and learnt the most important do’s and don’ts in Nepal. We practiced eating with our hands and saying thank you in nepali ( [daneebad] which I still have difficulties saying perfectly). The hardest thing about learning the nepali culture and language is that the locals will never correct your mistakes, so you can go for weeks before you meet a kid who will correct you. The first time I was corrected was at the Sunrise orphanage because I didn’t sit correctly while eating.

Now we are in Purano Sinamangal, aka Pepsi-cola, at our homestays. I still feel that we are in our european bubble. We have a “normal” toilet, cutlery, and ones in a while we also have internet and hot showers. We get a large variety of really tasty food. Of course we also get dahlbat (rice and dahl) but that is actually quiet nice and I am not tired of it yet, even though we eat it twice a day.

We have been sightseeing in both Dhulikhel and Pepsi-cola where we have seen a lot of temples, both buddhist and hindu. The 2nd of july we visited an orphanage (The Sunrise) where we helped them with their homework, gave them LEGO and of course played football on their rooftop. It was a nice evening with a bunch of really great children. It was clear to see that school and friendships are the most important things in their lives.

I’ll be in Pepsi-cola until the 9th of July. The 10th I’ll start my work at the hospital in Bharatpur.


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Jeg er nu hjemme i Danmark igen, men denne her rejse har godt nok været meningsfuld! Det har været en tur med en masse oplevelser, jeg har lært en helt masse faglige ting som bliver meget brugbart på mit studie, og opholdet og samarbejdet med nepalesere har givet en ordentlig spand perspektiv på livet.

For eksempel var vejen til hospitalet så mudret og smadret af regnen, at vi blev nødt til selv at bygge den med store sten så vores Jeep kunne komme videre op ad bjerget. Vi har nu også fundet ud af, at hospitalet er placeret sådan et farligt sted, fordi det er bygget af tyskere. Og dengang var der altså igen nepalesere som stolede på hvide mennesker – så tyskerne fik tildelt regionens dårligste grund til at bygge på J Heldigvis har de haft rigtig meget tillid til os!

Da vores husholderskes bror desværre døde nogle dage inden vi skulle rejse, har vi spist alle måltider på ”Amppipal Hotel”. Første gang vi skulle finde det vadede vi rundt og ledte, men fandt ud af at vi var gået forbi det hele tiden. Hotellet ses på billedet lidt længere nede, hvor Andrea står og kigger ind. Det ligner ikke just et hotel! I deres køkken var alt hjemmelavet. ”komfuret” var lavet af mudder, og var egentlig bare nogle skåle bygget op fra jorden, hvor de så tændte bål, og så kunne der stå en gryde ovenpå. Seje mennesker!

Min makker (Andrea) og jeg har fået store bunker ros af hospitalsdirektøren for vores arbejdsmoral og hvor meget vi har formået at ordne i de 4 uger, hvor vi har været på hans hospital. Alle de ansatte ville have vores facebook og E-mail, og spørger os ”when do you come back!?” som om det da er en selvfølge at vi kommer ned til dem igen på et tidspunkt. Imens vi var ved at skrue en maskine sammen i ’delivery room’, kom der to sygeplejersker ind, som tydeligvis lod som om at de liiige skulle arbejde lidt derinde. Det var så fordi de i virkeligheden bare ikke ville risikere at vi nåede at rejse væk uden at de havde fået taget billeder med os J Så selvom vi faktisk havde travlt med at få afsluttet en masse ting, har den sidste dag på hospitalet budt på en masse kram i maven (små mennesker) og perfekte selfies. Nepalesere ved virkelig hvordan man striker den perfekte pose! Jeg glæder mig allerede helt vildt til jeg skal tilbage til Nepal, og jeg kan kun anbefale alle andre ingeniørstuderende at tage af sted med EWH-DTU. Det er ikke en ferie, men det er sindsygt spændende og giver virkelig noget.

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Vi byggede dem en kasse med LEGO, som en permanent installation til de mange pårørende/syge børn. Jeg har sjældent set mennesker være så forvirrede over hvad der skulle ske! Normalt leger børn med pinde og gamle cykelhjul. Sygeplejersken på billedet satte så to klodser sammen, blev mega glad og sagde “LOOK! I build this!” Så det skal de nok finde ud af :b

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Ko-urin placeres i jorden, hvor der skal stå en ny bygning. Det skal selvfølgelig gøres af hospitalets læge.

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En (troede vi) normal arbejdsdag begynder. Kl 9 går vi de 50 meter fra vores gæstehus til hospitalet, lægger en plan for hvad vi skal nå i løbet af dagen, og så går vi ellers i gang med arbejdet. Pludselig ser vi direktøren, lægen, en ukendt man i undertrøje, et par japanere og oversygeplejersken gå på række imens direktøren ringer med en klokke. Helt forvirrede går vi selvfølgelig efter dem. Det viste sig at være starten på en ceremoni, som er hinduernes måde at ønske held og lykke til et byggeri. Hospitalet bestod førhen af to bygninger, hvoraf den ene smadrede under jordskælv, så de skulle bygge en ny. På billedet ser i fx hospitalets eneste læge, som placerer en kop med ko-urin i jorden for at sikre at den nye bygning ikke også styrter sammen. Det er jo klart :) Vi fik ikke udrettet noget som helst hele den dag men fik en helt vild dag, med alle mulige underlige oplevelser.

Siden sidst har vi fundet ud af at den såkaldte ”doktor kritisk” faktisk bare hele tiden er mega træt. Han er hospitalets eneste læge, hvilket betyder at han altid skal være til rådighed. Hver dag og hver nat hele året rundt, hvert år. Han laver alle operationer, ser daglige patienter, er i skadestuen, tager imod babyer og alt muligt andet. Han er åbenbart en meget respekteret mand hernede og kunne sagtens have fede arbejdstider og tjene en masse penge i storbyen. Men oppe i bjergene, langt væk fra alt, lever folk kun i 45 år. Det synes han ikke er fair, så han har dedikeret sit liv til at hjælpe de mennesker som ellers ikke kan få hjælp. Han er en meget inspirerende mand!

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Amppipal Hotel

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Namaste igen! Vi er nu i Amppipal og har arbejdet på deres lille hospital i 2 uger. Det her er garanteret det mest afsides sted jeg nogensinde kommer til at opleve. Man kan kun komme herop med Jeep eller ved at vandre, og hospitalet ligger på et så stejlt og øde sted, at her ikke er en eneste patient hvis det regner. Det er simpelthen for farligt at gå herhen når bjerget er vådt. På et af billederne kan i se hvordan man bærer sine familiemedlemmer op af bjerget hvis de er meget syge.

Den skøre lille gamle dame, Mahili som laver mad til os, har aldrig i sit liv været i en rigtig by. Hun har levet hele sit liv heroppe på bjerget imellem alle rismarkerne, og det er tilsyneladende helt normalt her. Der render geder og høns rundt over det hele, og folk bruger en slags stærke køer til at ordne deres marker med. På nuværende tidspunkt er vi ret sikre på at alle har en ged :b

Vi aner ikke hvorfor hospitalet ligger her, men udsigten er helt vild! Så måske derfor ;)
Vi har fået en super sød, og lidt underlig, modtagelse på hospitalet. Alle tror at vi er tyske læger, men når de hører at vi er ingeniører og skal være her i en hel måned bliver de meget overraskede og glade. De to ansatte i ’maintenance departement’ begyndte straks at rydde op i værkstedet så vi kunne få en masse plads at arbejde på, og nogle andre ansatte begyndte at klippe græsset på stien hen til værkstedet. Vi synes måske at det er liiiige i overkanten, men også meget sødt af dem.
Det er et lille hospital med 50 senge en masse sygeplejersker, men blot én læge. Lægen kalder vi for ’Doktor Kritisk’, fordi det næsten er hans navn, og fordi han generelt fremstår jævnt uimponeret.

Det går til gengæld rigtig godt med at fikse deres udstyr! De startede med at give os en liste over alt de har samt hvad der er i stykker. Én ting var i stykker på den liste, meeeen den var vist ikke helt opdateret ;) Vi har allerede repareret en masse udstyr og der er stadig rigeligt tilbage. Det er en super fed følelse at vi rent faktisk er i stand til at gøre en kæmpe forskel her! Det er nemt at mærke hvor glade de bliver når noget vigtigt igen virker. Fx har vi ordnet en Incubator, som bruges til at lægge nyfødte i for at give dem varme, fugt og ekstra ilt. Sygeplejersken som vi overgav beskeden til blev inderligt glad og åbentlyst rørt, fordi de ikke havde haft nogen steder at gøre af de svageste spædbørn før vi kom. Grunden til at vi kunne ordne den var i øvrigt, at vi havde fundet en tilsvarende model under nogle lagener ude i deres vaskerum. Den havde åbenbart stået dér i to år fordi den ikke virkede. Men den kunne vi så stjæle nogle dele fra og putte over i den anden maskine så de har én der virker som den skal. På et af billederne ser i en overrasket Andrea finde den glemte incubator i vaskerummet.
Vi har kun telefonsignal engang imellem, og internet er noget som kun findes på direktørens kontor. Så vi får virkelig prøvet at leve på en anderledes måde end vi plejer i hhv. Trondheim og København. Jeg har til gengæld hørt at alle pludselig spiller Pokemon derhjemme? Hvad fanden sker der!? :D

Nå, det nyeste nye her er, at jeg åbenbart har brunt hår. Jeg tror ikke helt de ved hvad de skal kalde det, men de lader ikke til at have set det før. ”One of the nurses coloured her hair brown like yours”. 

Well… rød er selvfølgelig også en overdrivelse ;)

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Amppipal, Nepal

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Okay, her er lige nogle highlights omkring, hvor skørt her er i Nepal: Man spiser med fingrene med højre hånd, IKKE venstre, folk ryster på hovedet når de synes noget er ok, der går køer rundt på gaderne, straffen for at dræbe en ko er den samme som at dræbe et menneske, et bjerg er blot en bakke hvis der kan gro et træ og gå en ged, det er åbenbart normalt at lyve for kortvarigt ikke at skuffe folk, man spiser den samme ret hver dag to gange om dagen, at dømme efter deres chiliforbrug har de ingen følelse i munden, alle køretøjer dytter for bare at vise at de er til stede på vejen, sangerinder skal lyde som børn, man siger aldrig tak, der vokser vilde hashplanter overalt, den gennemsnitlige menneskehøjde er under min skulder, folk smiler uanset hvad de synes om ens opførsel (forvirrende), strøm i væggen er noget man kun har nogen gange, det er godt at være tyk, og hvis der ikke er en stol sidder folk bare i squat og slapper af?!
Folk er super mærkelige, og jeg er vild med det!
Jeg bor lige nu hos en nepalesisk familie i bydelen Pepsi-Cola i Kathmandu, som helt åbenlyst synes at deres vestlige gæster er vildt underlige. Der er ingen tvivl om at vi er god underholdning for dem! Jeg spurgte fx bedstemoren i familien hvad hendes navn var. Men det var simpelthen alt for morsomt og overvældende et spørgsmål at skulle svare på. Så det fandt jeg sgu ikke ud af den dag :b
De er dog alle sammen super søde i familien så vi har det godt! Og bare rolig mor; jeg får sindssyge mængder af mad hver dag.

Forleden var nogle af os på en lokal bar med den 26-årige søn i familien. Vi ankom til et hus med en mørk facade og låst hoveddør, men da vi kom indenfor og ovenpå var der bambusvægge, farvede lyskæder, snalrede festlige nepalesiske drenge og piger, lave borde som passer til at man kan sidde på puder på gulvet og en scene på ca 1 kvadratmeter hvor der blev spillet nepalesiske sange på akustisk guitar og tromme. Jeg tror måske der gik 5 minutter før jeg blev hevet op og spille på guitaren selv, fordi jeg kom til at svare ja til at jeg spiller guitar derhjemme. Jeg havde ikke engang fået min øl endnu :D
I dag har jeg så spillet fodbold med en masse lokale på en indhegnet lille oplyst bane midt i Kathmandu. Dem som har spillet fodbold med mig vil måske erklære sig enige i, at jeg ikke ligefrem er kendt for min fysiske brutalitet på en fodboldbane, men nu har jeg så prøvet at være overdimensioneret stor! Selvom de ikke er super gode til spillet er det åbenbart en ret generel ting at elske fodbold i Nepal. Bum, det var en ting til fælles med Danmark!
Snart tager jeg, og min norske makker Andrea, afsted til Amppipal, som efter sigende skulle være højt oppe og meget langt væk fra alting. Ingen i Kathmandu kender byen, så vi er spændte på hvad der venter os, og om vi i det hele taget kan hjælpe deres hospital!


Ledningssystemerne i Kathmandu’s gader. Man kan godt antage at de har brug for hjælp med elsikkerheden.

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Namaste! Mero naam Nicolai ho, og jeg har nu brugt en uge af min rejse med Engineering World Health -DTU i Nepal! Vi er i 17 ingeniørstuderende fra forskellige lande og studieretninger, hvoraf størstedelen af os er fra Medicin og Teknologi Bachelor/Master på DTU. Herudover har vi fire fra Norge, én fra Finland, én fra USA og én fra Mexico med os. Planen er, at vi efter 2 ugers sprog- og kulturtræning i Kathmandu spredes i små hold på 2-3 personer ud på forskellige fattige hospitaler i Nepal, hvor vi forhåbentlig kan reparere en masse medicinsk udstyr! Vi mødte hinanden på DTU, hvor vi alle sammen har gennemgået det samme praktiske kursus som har forberedt os på typiske tekniske udfordringer vi kan møde på hospitaler i et U-land som Nepal.

Meeeeeen først skal vi altså lige være i stand til overhovedet at kunne kommunikere med de små søde nepalesere. Så lige nu er vi i gang med intensiv sprogtræning, som vi modtager af lokale nepalesere hver dag. Sproget minder på ingen måde om noget jeg kender så det er ærlig talt pisse svært!  Og der er tilsyneladende tusinde forskellige måder man kan fornærme en nepaleser på; og man aner ikke at man gør det, fordi de smiler bare uanset hvor rasende de er indeni. Så det skal vi lære at undgå! Vi kommer til gengæld på guidet tur rundt og ser alle mulige flotte og mærkelige templer, mennesker og udsigt hver eneste dag, når vores daglige sprogforvirring er slut ;) 

Følg med i næste afsnit, hvor jeg skriver om noget jeg ikke ved endnu!
Sorry det er min blogging debut… 

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In Nepal saturday is a day off, so we decided to go on an adventure. On our trip to Nepal we are 17 engineers, who are sent to different places in the country. Some are placed in the east and some are placed (as us) in the west. Normally we live in a pretty large city called Gorkha, but today we visited two of our friends in the very remote village of Amppipal! Amppipal lies around two ours away from nearest ‘big city’, the population is around one hundred and there is no such thing as WIFI or turists. To get there we had to take three busses and walk for about 1.5 hours up the mountain! There is not much happening in Amppipal and most of the people have never left the mountain but woaw they have a beautiful view. We went on a small trek, that let us to 360 degree views of the hill sides underneath Amppipal and gave us breathtaking moments.