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Thukpa, or a Nepalese noodle dish is served as snack at NCDC.

As you may have gathered from the announcement on our Facebook page, we’ve finished the project (save a few minor modifications the community is planning on making). Here’s how the last week went down.

While this past week has been e...

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In our role as desk engineers, figuring out where to place rebar for the water tank.

Like our first 80 hours of our journey to and in Nepal, the past two weeks have been a real whirlwind.

Our fast but deliberate and careful construction sprint has continued, made all the more exciting because o...

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Matt calibrating an auto level in order to accurately verify excavation depth.

The last few days of winding up first shift have been somewhat stressful, since we are trying to prepare for the handover to Jihoon and Webster. Although we had originally envisioned much of the concrete work to have a...

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Jihoon and Webster being welcomed in NCDC offices upon arrival, right before a detailed meeting with first shift. No rest for the weary

The past 80 hours were a real whirlwind! It’s only now that I have enough time to write an update. I started out from Seattle’s SeaTac airport, flew down to LAX...

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The workers and I.

Jihoon and I have gotten into a fairly daily routine of waking up at 5 AM to the neighbor’s rooster calls, having snacks (usually either cookies, biscuits, or bread with jam) and tea, at 7:30, and then having morning all-you-can-eat dal bhat at around 8:15 AM. The side dishes made by our homestay host and NCDC member Shanti [sic?] have been varied based on the availability of certain vegetables from the garden and the market – they have ranged from pork with pumpkin to potatoes with bitterroot. The meals are quite delicious and varied, and are quite large in quantity. We basically don’t need to eat until our next dal bhat meal at 8 PM. After morning dal bhat, we make the long downhill trek (around 30 minutes) to Bimal Dhara, our spring site, and start working around 9:15 AM with the other workers. Usually we are needed at the site until 5:30 in order to be overseers, field engineers, contractors, skilled laborers, and unskilled workers at the same time. Sometimes when work does not require our contracting, engineering, and physical labor skills, we go to NCDC to discuss and calculate the next steps of the project. At night, we return home from an exhausting 30 minute uphill walk that probably gains 1000m in elevation and are able to admire our 50 additional mosquito and bug bites, none of which hopefully contain Japanese Encephalitis. We have dinner dal bhat at 8 PM, and sleep soon thereafter. Rinse and repeat.

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