Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thank you, toilet.

After being in Nepal for nearly 4 weeks, I have become very thankful for the seemingly simplest of things...

Like a flushing toilet. I had problems with the toilet in my room for the past few days. First it was flooding all over the bathroom floor, and then it stopped working completely. Today it flushes and I thanked the toilet gods. I squealed and did a happy dance and said, "Thank you, toilet!"

And today as I turned on the shower and waited, the water finally became luke warm and I squealed and did a happy dance and said, "Thank you, shower!" Every morning it's a gamble on whether I will get hot water, room temperature water, or freezing water.

And later as I was out and about with classmates trying to catch a taxi to the school where we were to teach, and we had to get out and walk due to the bad traffic, I did a happy dance that it wasn't as dusty as previous days, and it was a little easier to breathe as we walked on the dirt roads to the school. And thankful for being able to take taxis in the first place, as that is certainly a luxury here, with how expensive they are and the severe fuel shortages.

And I'm thankful for toilet paper, and even having a shower in the first place, and having extra blankets on my bed, and having 4 walls to my room, and having the luxury of having toast and coffee for breakfast, and having coffee and some Toblerone as a snack this evening, and being able to sit next to a space heater in the hotel lobby while I do lesson planning for classes, and having wifi Internet, and having generator power even during some of the 14+ hours of daily power outages.

Life is good.