Monthly Archives: February 2013

Travel in Nepal

In the U.S., it is sometimes fun to read bumper stickers on cars when you are traveling on long trips.  In Nepal, there aren’t bumper stickers – but the trucks and buses are painted in amazing colors and designs and have pithy sayings painted on them as well.  Recently we made a quick trip into Kathmandu to meet an old and dear friend who was only in the country for 5 days.


He wasn’t able to come to Tansen, so we decided to hire a car and go in on Sat. and return on Sun.  The trip was about 8 hours each way.

We really enjoyed our visit with Max in KTM – it was wonderful to see him and to get to catch up on his news.  We also got to visit with our other good friends, Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman.  We had a tasty meal at The Lazy Gringo – a great Mexican restaurant in KTM!  Sunday morning we were blessed by enjoying pancakes and French toast with Zimmermans.

Navajo Taco and coke!

On our return trip, it was rainy and chilly – and we had to stop for awhile due to a minor accident.  (We are thankful it was only minor and that we were only waiting in the line for the road to be cleared.)

Waiting in line

Truck front

Anyway – we thought it would be fun to record some of the sayings we read on the trucks along the road, and ones we passed along the way.  Speed Control. Speed Limit.  Road King.  See You.  Horn Please.  At Night Use Dipper.  Blessings of Father and Mother.  Miss You.  Love Star.  Slow Drive – Long Life.  Blind Love.  Bad Boy.  Wait for Signal.  Road Star.  Off Road Express.  Being Human.  Love is Love.  Push Horn.  Don’t Die from a Broken Heart.   (I kind of liked this one)– Dount Toch.  (I think the painter got the U in the wrong spot….)

See You

It’s an adventure – using your horn means watch out, here I come!  Blinking your lights means about the same thing.  When you are behind a slow vehicle and want to pass, the front vehicle will put on the right turn signal if it is clear, and the left one if not.  (Remember we are driving on the left here – when we aren’t in the middle of the road.)  To use the dipper at night means to dim your headlights.  We were terrified during one part of the journey where the oncoming lights were so blinding, we couldn’t see the people/cycles/animals that were on the side of the road.  We closed our eyes and prayed for our driver!

We were thankful for another safe trip when we arrived in Tansen.  It was good to be home.



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Memories and Snippets of Life in Tansen

 21 years ago today, our youngest daughter was born here in Tansen! Hannah Maya entered the world in Guest House Annex 6 because her mother refused to give birth in the hospital delivery room.  (It looked like a dark closet and everyone could stand at the door looking in!!)  The current delivery room is much nicer (not that I ever intend to use it!)

It was a chilly morning on Feb. 1, 1992.  Les had morning duty that day – it was a Saturday.  We had no phone in our house, so we decided to all walk to the hospital together just in case….  Rachel and Luke ran circles around Debbie as she slowly walked (waddled?) up to the hospital compound.  Hannah was born just after 2:30 pm…she was delivered by a wonderful British midwife.  (Thanks, Val Watson!)

Saturday afternoons at 4 are the English worship services at the Guest House.  This particular day, a good friend of ours (Max Watson) was leading the service, and as he was praying for me and our baby, Les entered the room with newborn Hannah!  Someone was peeking during the prayers and whispered loudly, “They’re here!”  We have a wonderful photo of all the children gathered around Les and Hannah – she was prayed into the world by friends from many different countries.  Such good memories.  Happy Birthday, Hannah.  We love you!

Hannah turns one!

Hannah is one


Hannah in October 2012.

Hannah - compressed


Les went off to Kathmandu yesterday on what is called a “micro”.  It is actually a small van outfitted with as many seats as can possibly go in – I think they squeeze at least 17 or 18 passengers into what we would probably say is a van that should hold 8…..  Anyway, he arrived safely (thank you, God!) and he is staying with our good friends in KTM while he attends training to be a trainer.  Les is in charge of the training courses and is involved in teaching many of them here at the hospital.  He does a great job and hopefully this training will make him even better!  He has 8 days in a row of training Friday through Friday.  He will be ready for a break after that!

Our hospital director is a lovely lady from UK (Rachel Karrach) who has been in Tansen since 1994.  Her father has been coming to stay with her each winter. He is 88 and very active and healthy.  Unfortunately, as he was headed out the other day with lunch for him and his daughter, he slipped on some rocks on the path and fell.  He got a crack in a bone, so is in a “boot”.  We are sorry as he will miss walking around the town.  Pray he heals up quickly!  We are fortunate to have great orthopedic surgeons here in Tansen, but the paths you have to walk are not conducive to going on crutches or in a cast!

We had a farewell party for a doctor leaving to return to the U.S. last weekend.  It is always an emotional time – and hard as it is to leave, I think it is actually harder to stay behind.  There is a huge hole in our lives where these people previously were and with so many people coming and going, it doesn’t ever seem to heal before the next farewell occurs.  Fortunately, there are lots of hellos which do help to balance things a bit!

Les and I attended a young woman’s wedding in Pokhara a couple of weeks ago.  She is a dentist – a Nepali woman – and a believer.  She married a Nepali man who is the only believer in his family.  His parents didn’t come to the wedding because they are so unhappy that he is a Christian and that he married a Christian in a church.  Please pray for this young couple as they struggle to start married life in a culture that is still negative towards believers.

Bikash and Mahima comp.

Mahima & Bikash comp.

Finally, we really enjoyed a visit from Les’s younger sister and her family who came and spent a week with us earlier in January.  We had a great time showing them around Tansen, taking them out to a village for a meal at a friend’s house, and going to Chitwan together where we rode elephants and canoes in the jungle and spotted rhinos and crocodiles among other animals.  Thanks for coming Lynn, Chuck, Josh, Emily and Joanna!

Kuehns comp

Emily bathing with elephant

Thanks for reading – God Bless.  We value your prayers and encouragement.


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