A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (4)

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and senior supervisor for ‘Child in Time’, writes to us from Kathmandu, Nepal where she’s spending two weeks working as a volunteer with Unity in Health http://unityinhealth.org.  Their mission is to work together to improve global mental health, and Tereza has travelled over to help plant the seeds for school counselling services in Nepal through training and discussion with adults at Tribhuvan University.  

Last night I went to Bagmati square where there is a big Buddhist Temple. At around 5:00pm the monks can be seen walking around this huge structure while praying. Up on the building tower there are two eyes that the Buddhist attribute to the eyes of the Buddha.  It was an adventure to get there because of the rush hour. It felt claustrophobic and overwhelmingly challenge but when we got to the square the World seemed strikingly different. Clear air, no cars, quieter and so beautiful. In the background we could even see the Himalayas which means in Nepali “Home of the snow “. Around this temple the World definitely looked in order for a moment. I felt a wish to never leave the square. 

We had a pizza on a terrace overlooking the temple. I am still looking for a proper Nepali food. People seem to eat lots of Chinese, Malaysian and Thai food over here. Apparently when we go to the mountains we will have more of a sense of the typical Nepali cuisine. 

My senses are overloaded so I find it difficult to sleep with the amount of thoughts, images and feelings to digest.  When I do sleep, my sleep is constantly interrupted by noises of cars, horns and dogs barking as if there is no other time to do that. 

When we finished our dinner, we got a taxi back home. My god! I am sure the driver wanted to go home after a probably very busy and stressful day. He drove madly through narrow roads with sharp bends and coming traffic. I could not wait to get home. I was tired, overwhelmed by the experience but also filled with a tremendous sense of awe that’s difficult to explain.

Read all Tereza’s blog posts here: http://childintime.co.uk/blog/