In just over a week, we will be landing in Kathmandu!!
This is not just a holiday or visit to see family.
For those following my story, you will know this trip is my first trip meeting the in-laws.
I will meet Rabindra’s parents and extended family for the first time and whilst I hide it from most people, I’m scared because it’s going to be a monumental trip for my future.
Even though Rabindra’s parents have accepted our relationship, there’s no underestimating it, we face many difficulties on this trip.
First of all we are going as an unmarried couple into a small rural village where conservatism is the norm.
On top of that we have the added issue that I am an Australian woman, not Nepali.
No-one in his family has ever been in a relationship with a foreign man or woman (except an Indian).
I don’t speak the language and the majority of his family do not speak English.
We are breaking new ground.
There will be testing times like how Rabindra’s family explains me to all the interested onlookers who all know his parents well. Their reputation is on the line.
There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Rabindra’s parents, Rabindra and myself while we are over there.
I’ve also never been to Nepal and I’m sure I will experience some level of culture shock.
Many of my Nepali friends don’t think I can survive in the village too long.
Compared to my western world of a 9am-5pm air conditioned office job with a home that has all the basics you need, what awaits me in Nepal is a lack of running water, no electricity for most of the day, showering with my clothes outdoors in minus temperatures and using a toilet in the ground.
It’s not going to be easy but I am determined to be strong.
Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it