My way to become a Nepali
When I arrived in Nepal everything was new and exciting. It was very stressful at the beginning but in a good way. The people at New Sadle were very welcoming so I did not miss my home that much. I enjoyed working with all those different people and I learned more about the culture in Nepal. I went for Trekking in the Himalaya to see the highest mountains on earth and to the south of Nepal for a Jungle exploration. It is breathtaking! Imagine all the different views you get on only 200km from the north to the south. In between work and travelling I celebrated Tihar with Salma, one colleague in the office. She invited me to her house and I was treated like one of her brothers. I got my Nepali hat and tika and the special food for that day. Furthermore, I got a new name: Jan Bahadur Sherchan. Everybody at New Sadle then had fun calling me Jan Bahadur and to some Nepali people I met I introduced myself using that name. However, this was one of the main actions which made progress to my transformation into a Nepali.
Then my work went on in different places. I volunteered in Pokhara and in Bhaktapur thanks to Chitra’s and Ashim’s connections. It was great to combine travelling and volunteering. As a result of mostly hanging around with Nepali people I learned more about their daily life and behavior. I also adopted one thing: the special shake of the head. It is looks like you want to say no and yes at the same time and it can also mean both. Having Nepali behavior and Nepali clothes people started thinking I’m a Nepali. For example people in the bus started talking to me in Nepali or policemen though I’m Nepali and visitors from the Netherlands thought I’m Chitra’s son. That was just hilarious but for a certain reason I liked it. Felt like being part of the country and the people.
For the last two weeks of my stay I rented a scooter and learned how to drive the Nepali way (in Germany I would get arrested in seconds). In addition, I celebrated another festival named Loshar. I bought traditional clothes, danced to Nepali music and got my next and final name: Jan Bahadur Lama.
In conclusion, I have a Nepali family, friends, behavior, clothes and a Nepali name so I’m half German half Nepali now. When I’m back in Germany I have to live then my life as Jan Schadeck (will be very boring) but I’m already planning to go back here and continue as Jan Bahadur Lama.