Celebrating July 4th (*Nepal Style)

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Yesterday was ridiculous in the best ways possible.

We planned on celebrating America’s birthday to the fullest for nearly a week and yesterday did not disappoint. It was filled with fun.

When we’re completely honest with ourselves, we all tried pretty hard to get out of work, but ended up working on the field twice. *And enjoyed it in the end.

We spent the hot hours of the day down by the river because what Independence Day is complete without water? Rapids//drinks//good books to read//the hot sun. All good things. After the river times, we did some more work and this time around got distracted by the poisonous snakes in the field.

The night ended with beer//funny conversations//lots of dancing and even fireworks (*It turns out fireworks are highly illegal in Nepal, but our dear friend Ganesh went all the way to “little India” to buy us some!).

I have felt so extremely out of touch America and most of the rest of the world these days, and I’m okay with it. I feel that I’ve missed a lot of world news//big events. I feel that all of this is quite normal when internet access is limited and you’re living someone new// different.

I also realized yesterday amidst all of the ridiculous celebrations, I have a diminished capacity of feeling pride or great love for America. Granted, I am very blessed and privileged to be from such a place, but I have never had great pride in my country and I don’t know why. In trying to explain the concept of why we celebrate “America’s birthday” to our Nepali friends, I had to laugh. It all sounded entirely ridiculous and strange. We ended up settling the whole thing and told them that this was a day in America where it was okay to stone British people (*Like our lovely Immy) and the night ended with everyone being just as confused as ever.

It all turned out to be one memorable 4th and a nearly perfect day here in Letang.

[Photos: July 4th in Letang//Grace Farson]

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