It has provided some great cultural learning and some interesting invitations. Last week a small group of us were invited to join our co-worker from Nepal (Nagendra) at a UN medal ceremony honoring the peace keeping mission, also from Nepal. We were the only civilians and sat among the troops from Sri Lanka, Korea, China, India, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Peru, France, Brasil and more. Interestingly, Nepal supplies the 5th largest world wide contingent of peace keeping troops to the UN. The awards were a very high United Nations honor and were presented by the head of the UN in Haiti, Nigel Fisher.
After the ceremony, the troops performed some traditional Nepalese dances and then we enjoyed some amazing food. It was a very fun evening and Nagendra was a very generous host. He regaled us with his stories about his treks to Everest base camp and how he helped to build a suspension bridge nearby. We forgot our camera so you'll have to squint to see what we saw through the Blackberry photos posted below.