What I Miss

I’ve come from the heat of South Asia to a September heat wave in New England.  I heard a meteorologist remark on TV tonight that the grass could really use some rain, and it sounded so strange to me.  How could I ever explain that to some of the people I met in India and Read More …

What’s Missing?

I’m taking advantage of this 36-hour journey home to do a lot of writing and reflecting. I realized the other day that this blog probably represents about 25 percent of my experience on this trip.  The other 75 percent was left out due to a lack of time, or because this would not have been Read More …

Child Labor

In my class, we read the story of Iqbal Masih, a child carpet worker in Pakistan who escaped and became a leader in the fight to free children from bonded labor.  He was murdered at the age of twelve, most likely by those who didn’t like the fact that he was gaining international attention and Read More …

A Real Himalayan Hike

I finally did get out of the city on Monday, my last full day in Nepal.  The manager of the Social Development Center, Shankar Neupane, also runs his own tour and trekking business.  He took me on a four-five-hour hike up a mountain in a national park in Kathmandu Valley. It was a steep five-kilometer Read More …

Namaste

I couldn’t leave Nepal without writing another post about the amazing time I spent at the Social Development Center. I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to volunteer at the center.  I wanted to be useful and hoped that I wouldn’t do more harm than good.  This may sound strange to many, but Read More …

Strikes and Scams

“Not possible,” my taxi driver explained. I didn’t need an explanation. The highway was blocked by a mob of protesters as the military police stood by watching. I was heading out of Kathmandu for my final two days of this incredible trip. My goal was to stay at a quiet guest house outside of a Read More …

You Don’t Know How Easy You Have It

Suttam and Tulsi, grade 9, have to be at school by 6:00 a.m. Other than an hour break to return home for breakfast, they will be in school until 6:00 p.m. After dinner, they will complete two-three hours of homework before going to bed. School runs from Sunday through Friday for all students. While other Read More …