Nepal

I can't believe it's been a year already since Drew and I were in Nepal.  As memories often do, it feels like it was in another lifetime, but also, not so long ago.  It's amazing how just one week of time can have such a large impact on your memory.  I think back to this trip on a regular basis.
One day we would find ourselves haggling over scarves in Thamel and the next day we would find ourselves in the belly of the UN building conducting interviews on Nepal's slow reconstruction after the earthquake one year earlier.  What a complicated subject. What a complicated place.

I got super sick on this trip.  Not the normal 'ate the wrong thing' sick, but some sort of virus.  Weak, no energy, in a foggy haze, (I'd end up losing 20lb) I sat int the courtyard of a lovely hotel we stayed at.  I'd drink ginger / turmeric tea by day and wine by night and watch people come and go.  I spent a whole day at one point just sitting in the courtyard having conversations and observing travelers and locals go about their daily business.  I can't remember the last time I just sat and watched the world do it's thing.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
— Mark Twain, Rouging It

I can not wait to go back.  We had such a limited time, and a tight schedule. We never had the opportunity to truly leave the city. Some of the most beautiful mountain ranges and hiking in the world, and I hardly saw the peaks through the smog of the city.  The city though, was amazing - and the people, so wonderful.

I truly believe that traveling makes you a better person... and so did mark twain, so I leave you with this quote that I often paraphrase into "travel is the enemy of bigotry"...