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Here I am, in Kathmandu, Nepal, laying down in one of the rooms of the Shakya house. Surrounding me is a flimsy, blue mosquito net, and it sways back and forth as the fan beside my bed pushes air through it. The windows are open – I hear bells ringing, the clinging of the pots and pans that are being cleaned by my host family mother, the whooshing of motorcycle engines as they pass by on the earthquaken rocky road, the barks of a few of the million dogs that reside in the streets of Kathmandu, the voices of Nepali people that are talking in the “hole-in-the-wall” , literally, restaurant that is right outside my house, and the sounds of my nose sniffling, my stomach gurgling, my chest coughing, and so on.


I am going to tell you a story, a story from my perspective, about the most incredible and diverse things that I have experienced so far on this trip. As I unfold my calendar and take a peek, I notice that there are only three days left in Nepal. The countdown of days really has not hit me until now. Nepal has to be one of the most incredible places that I have ever been to: its diversity, the friendliness of the people, the smiles on everyone’s face, the contentment of the citizens, the love and peace that flows throughout the air. Sure, there are a few troubles that are going on with the Maoists and the government; however, after living in Nepal for almost a month, living not as a tourist but as an actual Nepali, I can fairly say that people here are living their lives and enjoying life and almost not even paying attention to the government and what all is going on. The people here really cannot rely on the government due to all of the management problems it is encountering. This is okay though because it has created such environments as the “Handicraft Association” where groups of artisians have come together and created a way to have a reliable, constant intake of money to help support their lives along with their family’s.

Here is my story...

I packed my bags, stuffing in every single thing I think I will need––It is funny how much I overpacked. It was 3:00 in the morning, and my dad came upstairs to tell me that it was time to go. It still hadn’t hit me yet. We grabbed my bags, tossed them into the car, and then made way for Love Field Airport. While in the car, I looked out the window and saw the last aspects of the American environment that I will not be seeing for a month. We parked at the airport, unloaded my bags, and made way for security checks, baggage checking, and so on. Right before going through security, my dad gave me a big hug and told me that he loves me and will miss me. Then, I took off my shoes, took off my watch, took off my belt, took my computer out of my bag, took my camera out of my bag, took everything out of my pockets, and took off my necklace––security is ridiculous these days... I walked through the metal detector and then sat and waited for my plane. I then took off for Memphis, Tennessee. After arriving in Memphis, I had a three hour wait until my next flight to New York. I strolled around the airport, looked at how expensive airport food is, did a little bit of people watching, and then finally got on my plane to new york. The plane to new york was an interesting one... The plane was filled, almost 75%, with army personnel. Plane + army personnel = LOUD PLANE. The plane ride was an experience in itself. I even got hit in the head with a small ball––the soldiers were playing a game of football at 5000 ft. while cruising at 500 mph. After a few hours, I saw a vast sea of blue––the ocean. As we prepared to land at JFK in New York, I saw the islands around new york, the huge buildings, and I think I may have seen the statue of liberty (I couldn’t tell for sure).
So I arrived at JFK and then made my way towards baggage claim. I got to baggage claim, and I saw Kristen who was also wearing the Dragon’s shirt, waiting for me. I got my bag and then slowly, VERY SLOWLY, made my way onto a subway that runs all around the airport. I tried carrying my bag for about one minute, but then Kristen offered to help. This duffle bag had no wheels. All it had was two small straps to carry it with. I still cannot contemplate how she did it, but Kristen, with super-heroic force, swung the bag onto her back and said, “lets go, I’m fine!” and smiled. I still could not believe what happened. But anyway, we got onto the subway and then arrived at the international gates. We walked up to a group of kids that were also wearing the Dragon’s shirts––this was the group that I was going to be living with for a month! They are all very interesting people. We all sat down and had some ice breakers to help us learn each other’s names. After getting to know the individuals of the group, I knew that this trip was going to be awesome! The group is composed of such a diverse group of kids, and that is what makes it so awesome! We ate some dried fruit and nuts, and then made way for the gates. Again, I had to experience the redundancies of airport security––oh well... We then made way to the gate that was leaving for Brussels. We had a little time until the plane leaves, so we explored the airport and got to know each other a little bit more. This was the last bit of time that I spent in America! I sat down with Owen, the guitarist / musician of the group, and listened to him play some music on his guitar. Then a few of us went for a walk around the airport, seeing New York Delis every 100 feet. It was then time.


We got our bags and loaded up on the huge airplane. I have never been on such a big and nice airplane! In the airplane, there were small, touch-screen monitors in front of each seat! The first thing everybody did, except for Lana, was check out the complexities of these monitors! (Lana went right to sleep because her motion sickness pills kicked in–– I love you Lana!) These monitors had movies, games, television shows, news, airplane information, airplane texting, and so much more. Owen and I soon found a game called “Tik Tak Ro”, which is a game that is similar to Connect Four. We had so much fun playing this game. It was such an addiction! They served some pretty good food on the airplane––I think it was fish and pasta. We were all taking flash photos of each other in the airplane, and there was a woman about 10 rows back that probably thought a lightning storm was going on in the plane! Some of us slept, some of us watched movies, and some of us played the games on the amazing entertainment devices.


Before we knew it, we arrived in the Brussels airport! We got out of the plane and then walked through security. I almost killed my self trying to hop over one of the moving walkways because it was heading in the wrong direction. Luckily, I was okay. The airport security people got mad at Charis because she had a Caribeaner. She could have been a terrorist that would use the Caribeaner as brass knuckles. The security guy said it was okay this time, so we continued on. We went to our airplane’s gate, and European people surrounded us everywhere. I have never seen so many Europeans! We got onto the plane to New Delhi, played some games, watched some movies, slept, ate, and before we knew it, we were in New Delhi. My favorite part of the New Delhi airplane was that every few hours, the flight attendants would come around and offer a warm towelette––oh my gosh did I love this! When we landed in New Delhi, we walked down a staircase onto the runway. I took a deep breath of the Indian air...I was now enlightened to why my friends have told me that it smells bad in India! When I breathed in, I imagine that I was inhaling millions of toxins, poisons, chemicals, and other bad things. It was okay though, because we then got onto a bus that took us from the airplane to the airport. There were definitely some new and different smells in this bus that I have never smelled before––it was interesting... We arrived in the airport, and there were Indian people EVERYWHERE! It was awesome! I have never been in a place with so many Indian people! The security check line was ridiculous, and we were supposably “V.I.P” or something, so some guy with “the badge” took us into an elevator and we bypassed security.


Then came the 10 hour wait in the airport! I wouldn’t consider it a 10 hour wait, but rather a 10 hour party! We explored the airport a bit. A few of us went up into this sketchy restaurant on the 2nd floor of the airport. Everything was so inexpensive! When we walked in front of the restaurant, a man came out and literally pulled us in and sat us down in his restaurant. It was an interesting experience, but the people were very nice and there intentions were good. We went back to the group and then chilled and talked. Owen whipped out the guitar and then started playing and singing in the airport! It was hilarious! While singing at the top of his lungs, other people in the airport were giving Owen some funny looks. It was all good though because we had a good time! After the guitar session, Owen and I worked the hacky sack. We were working some intense hacky sack moves, and it was fun! Some Indian police officers were watching what we were doing and were laughing. We went over to them and asked if they wanted to play, but they said they just wanted to watch us. So they watched us some more and had some good laughs. After hacky sacking, some of us played, the new sport, “elbow baseball.” We played baseball with a hacky sack, and the rule was that you had to hit the sack with your elbow. It was a fun game! In the bathrooms in the Indian Airport, there are people that basically live in them, making sure that everything is clean and tighty. I had an interesting restroom experience as I was being watched by the man working in the restroom––quite an awkward experience, but I just laughed haha. Halfway through, I even looked back at the man. We made eye contact, and did not lose eye contact until i turned away because I could not keep a straight face! It was so funny :) The 10 hours was almost up, so we went through security and got to our airplane’s gate. This airplane was to go from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal. It was a smaller airplane than the last few, but do not get me wrong, smaller does not mean more fun! It was a great airplane ride :) After a few hours, we were almost in Nepal! I swear I saw Mount Everest at least 5 times; however, everybody in the group said it was not Mount Everest each time. I will still pretend it was :P Flying over the many valleys and hills, we came closer and closer to the Kathmandu Airport. We finally arrived, got out of the plane, and then took a bus back to the airport. There was a man standing at the gate with a thermometer that was taking people’s temperatures. I guess that they were monitoring people’s temperatures and trying to make sure that nobody came into Nepal with the Swine Flu. We had to fill out some forms so we could get our visas. We then got our bags from baggages claim and then made our way out of the airport.


Then the true experience of Nepal began. It hit me––I was in Nepal! Oh my gosh! A wave of energy whizzed down my spine and so much excitement filled my beingness! At the airport exit, I had to stop and take a photograph of the amazing site that I saw. There was a gate and a waiting area with a big glass window that was packed with at least 100 Nepali faces. They were all stuffed in the window, trying to get a peek at all of the people that were coming into Nepal. I stepped out of the gate and was now officially in Nepal. We had to push our way through masses of people. A few people came up to us asking for some Rupees. We finally made it to the van, and we had a crowd of spectators that watched us put our bags on top of the van. We received “Tika blessings”, which were markings of red powder that were put on our foreheads. It gave us good luck.


Then the drive from the airport to one of the program houses in Kathmandu began. One word could fully describe what we felt as we were driving through Kathmandu for the first time––overwhelmingness. My jaw was dropped, and I was observing so many things that I have never seen before! There was dust everywhere! We were driving on the left side of the road! The cars drive so close to each other, and somehow, motorcycles seem to fit their way through the traffic that is all around them. Everywhere you look, where people are driving around in “normal day traffic”, from the eyes of an American, it looks as if an accident is going to occur every five seconds! It is ridiculous!


We finally arrived at the program house after going through a 6-foot-wide alley that was like a roller coaster. The house was four stories tall, and it had an amazing view of Kathmandu on the top floor balcony! We hung out for a little bit, then had our first Nepali meal. Then, we packed up our hiking backpacks and made way for Bandipur.


The drive to Bandipur made some of us sick! It was up and down and up and down and left and right and left and right for six hours! We drove through many mountain valleys––it was so beautiful! Almost everybody in the van was asleep, but I stayed awake, so I could photograph interesting things I saw outside the van. All along the way there were people living in ransacked homes, but these were their homes. The standard of living in Nepal is nothing like that of the standard of living in The United States. 95% of people in the United States have so many comforts in life. Whether they are truly grateful for those comforts––I do not know; however, after my time in Nepal, I am so much more grateful for everything that I have––EVERYTHING! We arrived in Bandipur in the evening. We walked through the town and then hiked up 300 stairs or so until we reached the small hotel in which we stayed! The hotel was family run, and we split up three people per room. I shared a bed with Macon, and Owen had the small, single bed that was beside the larger bed that Macon and I slept in. Owen’s bed, literally, had to have been less than two feet wide!


The first morning in Bandipur was incredible! Due to the fact that we arrived late at night, we did not get to see the landscape that was painted all around us until the next morning! I woke up, got out of bed, walked outside and was stunned by the landscape that engulfed me. It was so beautiful! Tall, steep mountains everywhere! Valleys everywhere! Lush greens everywhere! Bandipur is an orgasmic environment for one’s own eyes. We ate breakfast in the hotel’s dining room / conference room. This was the first time I got to experience Nepali Chia Tea. If it weren’t for the Chia in Nepal, Nepal would most definitely not be the same! When you take a sip, the smooth and fresh liquid gently slips down your throat and into your stomach, giving you the contentment that is achieved after drinking Nepali Chia. On this day, we met Devika––oh Devika. Devika was a little girl, probably around 8 years old, and was a character. She asked for some of our mangos, and if she didn’t get one, she would put on quite the act! She cried and cried (fake crying), until finally, she got the mango that she wanted. After winning the mango, she took a big bite into it, and then slowly, a gentle smile crept upon her face! I’m glad Devika got that mango :) Also, there was a 16-year-old that worked at the small hotel, I forgot his name, but he was the sweetest guy I have ever met! He always smiled and brightened up my day! He knew how to speak some English, and he enjoyed speaking with me.
Later that day, we hiked up to the Siddha Cave. This was definitely one of my favorite experiences in Nepal. The Siddha Cave is a huge cave that was formed by water thousands of years ago. The cave can get up to 100 feet high! We crawled over boulders, ladders, and slippery rocks with only a small amount of light that was provided by a few flashlights. When we reached the largest area of the cave, we sat down and had a few minutes of silence. This was a great experience! The energy in the cave was incredible, and the thoughts that randomly popped in my head were quite interesting. When you go to certain places, those certain places can affect what is going on through your mind, and this cave definitely had that effect on me. We hiked out of the cave and then hiked back to Bandipur. The hike back lasted around 3 hours, and I got attacked by ants on the way. The ants are really small, but oh boy can they bite hard! When we got back to Bandipur, Owen and I, on the way back to the hotel, stopped and talked to many local families and teenagers. I got some awesome photographs, and the experience was amazing! Being able to just stop in front of someone’s house and have a conversation is a great way to get to know the people of Nepal.


The next day, we had a lecture on Bandipur––the history, the culture, and the ethnicity with a man named Bikram Piya. After the lecture, we had an awesome scavenger hunt! We had a list of tasks, and all of them had to be accomplished with the use of speaking some of the little Nepali that we had learned. In the middle of the scavenger hunt, it began to pour. I got soaked, but it was a great experience––I love the rain! That night, a local cultural dancing group came and performed some tribal dances for us! It was so cool! Then, after about one hour into the dance, Macon went up and did some CRAZY dancing! The crowd went wild and everybody was laughing! Watching Macon dance is one of the most entertaining things you can do.


The next morning, we drove to Tansen. Another bumpy ride... On the way to Tansen, we stopped at Amrit’s family house in Waling for lunch. We had to cross a massive bridge to get over a river that his house was near. The bridge looked as if it was going to collapse at any moment; however, we got across safely. We then had to hike a good 30 minutes to get to Amrit’s family house. It was a good hike; however, a few people almost fell off a cliff because the rocks were slippery while hiking up! When we got to his house, we were fed a massive meal. Each person was given the amount of food that could fully satisfy 3 or 4 large adults. At Amrit’s family house, there were a few cows, chickens, and pigs. We then left Amrit’s house and then made way for Tansen. We arrived at Tansen and met with our homestay families. Macon, Owen and I stayed with an awesome family! The dad was named Manmohan Shrestha, and he was a very smart man. He had a 5 or 6 story house, and we stayed on the top floor of the house. On the top of the house, there was a large balcony that looked over all of Tansen! On clear days, you could see some very large mountains in the distance! It was a great view! In this family, us boys were “treated as Gods”. In the Hindu culture, guests are supposed to be treated as Gods. We ate meals only with Manmohan, as his two daughters just stood in the room watching. In their culture, the women are not allowed to eat with the guests.
One of the days, we visited a Koruwa bronze workshop. The bronze worker showed us the entire process of making things out of bronze. It is so cool how it is done, and it is made in a way that you would never think of! Also, we visited a Dhaka textile workshop. There were many women working on large machines, weaving textiles.
After our stay in Tansen, the hiking trip began. We first made way towards Rani Ghat, which is a beautiful mountain town in which a Nepali Queen used to live. We swam in one of the rivers with a group of the local children, and it was a really fun experience! Bathing in water after hiking in the mountains is a great, refreshing experience. Amrit climbed up a tall tree and retrieved a few dozen mangos! They were so ripe, so fresh, and so good! If Nepal did not have mangos, then Nepal would most definitely not be the same! That night, we stayed in the former Queen’s palace! It was so cool! Before we went to bed, Kristen and Charis red some Nepali ghost stories, which really were not scary at all! They were funny!


The next morning, we woke up and were chased around by many of the local kids. The loved us! One of the little kids caught a little fish in a river. He chased me down and then threw it on the back of my head! It was kind of nasty, but I knew that he did it out of love. We then began our hike out to Arghali. On the way, we stopped in Cherlun for Moui (yoghurt). It was pretty good. Also, we had some ramen noodles, and that satisfied my stomach! For about 30 minutes, I played and tried to talk with a group of 15 kids that lived in Cherlun. They loved getting their photograph taken and were very sweet children! Then we left and were off to hiking again. It got pretty hot in the afternoon; however, we arrived to Arghali after much hard work. I stuck my head in the river at the end of the hiking trail, and oh boy did it feel great and refreshing! We hopped back in the van and made our way towards Lumbini. On the way, we got a glimpse of the Anapurna Mountain Range! It was such a fantastic sight! We arrived in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, at night. The drive through was again, bumpy, but we managed. We drove up to this very nice looking hotel, almost too good to be true, and yes, it was too good to be true when Macon, Owen, and I walked into a bedroom that was packed with bugs! It was very hot in Lumbini, but luckily, the hotel room had a high-speed fan that kept us alive during the night. We went to sleep, and the next day, we visited Lumbini’s World Heritage Site––The Lumbini Peace Center. This is a huge place, 8 square km., that is dedicated to the Buddha and his teachings. There are many monasteries that are run by many different and diverse countries! My favorite monastery was the German monastery––the lotus temple. It was a magnificent, huge temple that was adorned with so many beautiful artifacts and paintings! At this temple I encountered the largest prayer wheels I have ever seen! They reached over 12 feet tall! I went into the temple for a little bit and meditated. The energy in the temple was incredible! I awoke from the meditation and found myself awakened by a few insights that I had attained through that meditation. We also visited the Chinese monastery. It was so awesome! I find it very interesting that the Chinese depict the Buddha as a fat, smiling being while the German’s depict the Buddha as a skinny, not-smiling being. What matters most however are the teachings and not what the Buddha actually looked like. We also got to see the exact spot where the Buddha’s mother gave birth to the Buddha. The special site is marked by a large rock.
After our amazing stay in Lumbini, we made way for Kathmandu, where we would be spending the rest of the 3 weeks in our homestays and dong our Independent Study Projects (ISP’s). We arrived in Kathmandu, and we drove to a town called Patan, which is a town that is made up of many artisans and handicraftsmen. I was introduced to my family and was shown around the house. My family is absolutely amazing! They treat me as if I am a part of the family! I was given a room to stay in that had a nice bed, along with a mosquito net to keep the mosquitos away at night! Unfortunately, one night, the mosquito net came undone and I was devoured by mosquitos! When I woke up that next morning, I found myself covered head to toe with mosquito bites! Arg!!!


So for the next 3 weeks, we stayed in our homestays, went to morning Nepali classes, and went on a few trips outside of Kathmandu. I was given the opportunity to do Nepali woodcarving as my ISP. It is so much fun! First, I worked on carving out leaf patterns on planks of wood. After my first day of wood carving, my respect for woodcarvers skyrocketed. It is so difficult! If any of you reading this right now want a good challenge in life, go try to carve some wood and make something out of it! Its very fun! The woodcarving workshop is located right next to our house, and there are usually 3 to 8 workers that are always working in it. It is open aired, and there is good light in it. The first time I showed up, the other Nepali woodcarvers that did not know why I was there had the most puzzled looks on their faces! They were speaking Nepali to each other, and I knew it was about me. They were probably wondering why the heck I was there! What was this white boy doing in a Nepali woodcarving workshop?! It was very funny, but soon I became good friends with all of the workers. Almost 90% of the time one of us wanted to say something to each other, we were lost in translation; however, using body language really helped get a message across. Woodcarving is a very relaxing art––you become one with the wood. You must be very careful while carving the wood because if you mess up, thats it! There is a big mark where you messed up and you cannot erase it or paint over it! Woodcarvers must be very precise in what they do.
Rajib, my brother and my woodcarving instructor, is a BEAST when it comes to woodcarving. Seriously, he’s the man. No doubt. All you have to do is look at some of his work, and after that, without him even saying a word, you will adore him for his work. I do not know how he has created some of the wood carvings that he has made, but I do know that it takes many, many years of practice to attain such a skill that he has attained. Also, my Nepali father is amazing at woodcarving as well! Woodcarving has been in the family for many generations, and it will continue to live on as long as the Shakya’s continue to live on.


When the group went to Bhaktapur, the world heritage site, I unfortunately, could not go with. I was extremely sick with an awful cough, an awful runny nose, awful congestion, a fever, some pretty bad headaches, and some very painful stomach aches. I have been sick for a week in a half of so, but I am still trying to make the most of this amazing and wonderful experience! Right now, I only have a small cough; however, my stomach problems have dramatically increased. Last night, along with three other nights, I did not sleep in my bed––I pretty much slept on the toilet. If that does not tell you what my health condition was like, then you can come talk to me in person for more details. I do not know if I have Jiardia or some other stomach virus. Constipation has definitely been a part of this trip for me. I have had two periods of constipation. One lasted 4 days, and one lasted 6 days. I must say––not fun... not fun...


The food here in Nepal has been incredible! Even though Nepali people eat the same exact meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I have found much joy in eating the Nepali food. The staple meal here in Nepal is called DalBhat. DalBhat is a food that is primarily composed of rice, lentils, spinach, and sometimes potatoes, buffalo, or chicken. It is pretty tasty, i must say, and it has not gotten old for me even after almost a month! In America, we are spoiled. We get different things for every meal every day! Here, the Nepali people have eaten DalBhat and only DalBhat for almost their entire lives! The buffalo here is scrumptious––It dances on the palette! At home, I have only had buffalo two times, and those were very rare occasions. Buffalo here is a normality! It is very good, and I strongly recommend it to anybody that visits Nepal! Also, how could I forget, or even fail to mention this first, THE MOMOS! Momos here in Nepal are so good! I like the veg momos the best. Momos are a mix of vegetables wrapped in dough, and they are stir fried. The momos here have definitely been one of the highlights of my trip! My family has made me this rice bread a few times, and it is very tasty as well! With almost every meal here in Nepal, I drink mango juice! Mangos are one of my favorite things in this entire world! And guess what?! They have them EVERYWHERE in Nepal! And they are so cheap! There is a mango juice company called “Real Mango Juice”, and I’m thinking about writing them a letter and asking if they can sell the juice in America. It’s that good. Really.


On the weekend trips, we have visited many really cool sites around the Katmandu area! We went to Dakshinkali and Pharping, where there is an incredible Buddhist temple and an incredible Hindu temple. The Buddhist temple is up in the mountains a bit, but the difficult hike up is definitely worth it! Prayer flags fill the landscape, and a sense of well-being and peace flows throughout the environment. We visited this place near the temple where there is a handprint in a rock. This handprint is said to be very holy, and it is said that you will have good luck if you place your hand over it. The Hindu temple is very interesting as well. Animal sacrifices are performed in this temple many times a week. The culture here is much different than that in America. You would go to jail for killing an animal in America; in contrast, in Nepal, you get a blessing from the Hindu gods for killing an animal!


Another very cool place we visited in Kathmandu is called Swoyambhu, also known as the Monkey Temple. When you first arrive, large Buddhist stone statues fill up the environment. In order to get to the temple, you must walk up a very steep set of stairs, around 500 stairs. It is a difficult walk up; however, it is most definitely worth it. When you reach the top, there are monkeys everywhere! They are so interesting! In America, the only place you can find a monkey is in the zoo, while in Nepal, monkeys just live in some of the temples! Getting to see all of the monkeys was such an incredible experience!


One morning, I saw the solar eclipse! Oh My God! It was one of the most electrifying and mind-boggling experiences I have ever had! When the moon alined with the sun and the earth, everything went black and it appeared as night during the day! The birds went bizzerk, and an inspiring energy filled the air. I am so lucky to have experienced this rare event that will not happen for another hundred years!
Hanging out with my homestay family has been so much fun! Some nights, we all gather around the TV and watch Hindi films! They are the goofiest shows, in my opinion, but that is partly because I do not understand anything that is going on. Also, watching Indian MTV has been quite the experience. One time, I started singing out loud to a song that I didn’t know, and my family could not stop laughing! Seriously! They laughed for 10 minutes straight, and by the time they were done laughing, they were out of breath!


I have boughten many Nepali items, and I will be giving them as gifts to friends and family at home! I would love for everybody to experience what I have experienced here in nepal; however, that is not possible. This is why I am bringing back gifts for many of my friends at home! I hope to bring part of my staggering experience back home into their lives.


The transportation in Nepal is very engrossing. In Nepal, there are these little, three-wheeled vehicles called Tuk Tuk’s that can carry up to 10 people, yet they are only the size of a pinto jacked up a few feet on wheels. There are also microbuses that people use as a way of transportation, and they are always jam packed with people. Driving in Nepal is like base jumping––but more intense. You are always on the edge of your seat because people drive CRAZY here! I am fortunate to be safe and alive after driving around in Nepal.


Three days prior to leaving for Nepal, I had no idea, NO IDEA, that this, what I have experienced in the last month, is what I would be experiencing. I find it amazing that before traveling somewhere, my mind plays a slideshow of images that represents what I think that place will be like, and after actually arriving at that place, I once again am proven that my mind’s foresights about places I have never been to are completely off! I just would like to thank everyone so much for making this trip the amazing and incredible trip it has been.


Thank you Amrit for being a part of my life! You are such an amazing man, you really are! Your wife is a very lucky woman to have such a man like you! You are always positive, always loving, always smiling! It was awesome having you on the trip with me! Great planning and thank you so much! I love you!


Thank you Ashley for making me laugh and making me smile! It was so awesome having another digital artist here with me on the trip! It was so funny when you were dancing in the van haha. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU for making it all the way through the hike!!! Do you know how much we hiked?! A lot! And it was some steep terrain that we were hiking on! Your a strong girl Ashley! It is so sad that you left; however, when you don’t feel good, home is the best place you can be! I love you!


Carmelllllllllllllll! “ ts ts , the new fragrance for 2010 ” Thank you so much for coming on this trip with me! You were a very positive girl to have around, and I loved being with you! I love you and I hope you had an amazing time here!


Thank you Charis for supporting me and brightening up my days! It was awesome getting to talk to you about life when we were out in the mountains and hiking. Chillin in the caboose with you and Kara was so much fun! I love you and thank you for making this trip awesome for me! Great planning!


Iska! You are such a bright and positive girl! You definitely made my days better here in Nepal! I love your personality and the way you live! You were saying that you have no talents, but oh no, you definitely do! You have the ability to stay positive in almost any situation! People work all their lives to try to attain that skill! I love you so much and thank you for being a part of my life!


Thank you Kara for brightening up my days! You are a very sweet and funny girl! I loved having you on the trip with me! All of your stories have been amazing! I love you and thank you!


Kristen! You are sooo awesome! You listen to some of the sickest music ever! You really are such an awesome woman, and I am so glad to have met you! You have done an amazing job planning out this trip! I give it an A+ :) Talking with you on the hike through the mountains was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! I love you so much, and I am so glad to have you as a part of my life!


Thank you Lana for keeping me company and making me smile! You are a tough girl! I find it amazing that you do not use toilet paper at home! I do not know anybody in the U.S. that doesn’t use toilet paper––but now I do! If i ever come to visit you in Cali, I want you to take me river rafting or kayaking! :) Your an awesome girl! Keep doing what you do!


Maconnn, the Baconatorr, what can I say man. I love you so much! I honestly do not know anybody else in this world that is anything like you. You always make me laugh, and your style is kickin. I can’t wait to see you make it big in the fashion world! I know you will do it! We had some amazing times together, and I will never forget them! I love you, and thank you so much!


Thank you Mara for coming on this trip with me! You are an incredible artist, and I wish you the best of luck with becoming the next Andy Warhol! I will be seeing you in the art world again, no doubt about that! Thanks for making me smile and laugh during this trip! I love you and I love having you as a part of my life! Thanks!


Owennn–– NOICE! ROOOOIGHT! Haha, Owen... We have had some great times together on this trip! I love you man, I love you! We shall be bros for life. I know that your going to make it big in the music world, and I can’t wait to go to your first big concert! You have been doing an awesome job with the surangee! It is a tough instrument to play, but you have mastered it in just a short period of time! Great job! Thanks so much for coming on this trip with me and brightening up my days! I love you man!

And for everybody! --- If you ever find yourself in Dallas, Texas, you are more than welcome to come stay in my home! I would love for you to come visit me sometime!

And for the instructors! --- Again, I am truly sorry that I haven’t been in as much communication with you all as you would have liked for me to be. I have just been really sick, and when you are sick, you are not yourself. I haven’t really been able to truly express myself and my gratitude for everything that you have done for all of the students. I really appreciate all of the hard work all of you have put into planning this outstanding trip! All of you are inspiring, loving, and amazing people! I love all of you so much and I am so glad that I have met you :) I will never forget you guys or this amazing trip that truly has changed my outlook on life :)

Sat Nam and Namaste :)

With love, peace, and light,

Adam-ji

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Reflections of the Nepal Arts Trip – My Story

Adam Brobjorg,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Here I am, in Kathmandu, Nepal, laying down in one of the rooms of the Shakya house. Surrounding me is a flimsy, blue mosquito net, and it sways back and forth as the fan beside my bed pushes air through it. The windows are open – I hear bells ringing, the clinging of the pots […]

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07/23/09

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Adam Brobjorg

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Heyy!!!

About two weeks ago, unfortunately, I left the gang back in Nepal due to some health issues. I figured when I got back to USA I would start to feel better, but its still taking some time. While Ive been at home trying to get back to normal, I've have the opportunity to reflect on my journey in Nepal. My time in Nepal, I must say was well spent. If I could describe it in one word, it would be "Unforgettable". Meeting new people, learning a new language, tasting new foods, all of it has been extraordinary. One highlight of my trip was making friends for life. I hope everyone still over there is having a BALL and working on your ISPS hard. I look forward to seeing you guys when its time to return. One thing I will say is, out of the many lessons I learned while over there, the one the stands out the most is to be GRATEFUL. You know the saying "You never know what you had until you loose it"? It is SO true! Its the little things we take for granted that in all actuality mean SO much. I hope to return to Nepal someday....

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As I Look Back…

Ashley Christopher,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Heyy!!! About two weeks ago, unfortunately, I left the gang back in Nepal due to some health issues. I figured when I got back to USA I would start to feel better, but its still taking some time. While Ive been at home trying to get back to normal, I’ve have the opportunity to reflect […]

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07/22/09

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Ashley Christopher

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    [post_content] => It is natural to feel awkward when submerged in an unfamiliar environment located far, far away from the security home has to offer. As we enter our fourth and final week of our stay in Nepal, I am sure that most, if not all of us have encountered several moments of discomfort.

Speaking for myself, I know that the core reason for my uneasiness is not so much because of the cultural differences between Nepal and America, but more because of the fact that I signed up for a trip with an art focus. I admit that I lack the talent and passion that my fellow Dragons have towards art and that because of this, I am intimidated. For the first two weeks of this journey, I questioned whether taking the initiative to "try art" was an act of courage or an act of stupidity.

My self esteem was at its lowest during stone carving Monday through Friday, 1PM to 5PM. I found simple tasks such as holding a chisel properly and straightening out slabs of soft stone difficult. I grew angry, for I felt like a disappointment to my mentor, my fellow Dragons and myself. With all this frustration and anger bottled up, I eventually reached a breaking point in which I accidentally cracked the flower petal I was trying to carve. On the verge of tears, Rupeshji's kind words saved the little confidence I had left in myself.

"It takes a baby nine months to learn how to walk. You cannot expect to learn this in a day. You may not see it, but your hand is a little straighter than when you first started. In order to get better, you must free your mind. Do not think so much about your friends and how they are doing, or about the final product. Think about the process. You must understand, hold at 45 degree angle and hit, hold at 30 degree angle and hit. I think you will make me proud."

Shortly after Rupeshji's small lecture, I fell into the habit of repeating a mantra in my head as I carved, "45 degrees, hit, hit, hit. 30 degrees, hit, hit, hit." I recently carved my first flower. It is not perfect, but it shows that I have improved greatly since my breakdown. I can honestly say that I look forward to stone carving everyday and that four hours pass by swiftly.

I feel as if through stone carving, Rupeshji has taught me more than just technique. He has taught me patience and control. He has taught me to free my mind of all negative thoughts and to concentrate on one thing for an extended period of time. I wonder if these were his intentions all along; either way, I am forever grateful.

Stone carving has been my rose and thorn for this trip. I know that my fellow Dragons have all had their own struggles, whether it was not having toilet paper and having to learn to use the bucket, awkwardness formed from language barriers or just being away from home for so long, but I know that in some ways, we have gotten over these challenges and created new comfort zones in an area that is no longer so unfamiliar to us.

The actions I have taken to get where I am now are far from stupid. The actions we have taken to get where we are now show great courage and boldness. [post_title] => Lessons Learned through Stone Carving [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => lessons-learned-through-stone-carving [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2009-07-19 00:00:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 1970-01-01 00:00:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://yakyak.chandigarhsoftware.com/?p=50736 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 413 [name] => Nepal Arts, Summer 2009 [slug] => nepal-arts-summer-2009 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 413 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 249 [count] => 26 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 25.1 [cat_ID] => 413 [category_count] => 26 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nepal Arts, Summer 2009 [category_nicename] => nepal-arts-summer-2009 [category_parent] => 249 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2009/nepal-arts-summer-2009/ ) ) [category_links] => Nepal Arts, Summer 2009 )

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Lessons Learned through Stone Carving

Lana Marie Salvador,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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It is natural to feel awkward when submerged in an unfamiliar environment located far, far away from the security home has to offer. As we enter our fourth and final week of our stay in Nepal, I am sure that most, if not all of us have encountered several moments of discomfort. Speaking for myself, […]

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07/19/09

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Lana Marie Salvador

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Namaste! The fact that we have but 6 days left in-country, and 7 (some-odd...travel time is not an exact science) until we are in your arms in New York is starting to hit home for all of us. We still have a very full week left in which there is still plenty of space for new magic, but we are starting to reflect on the significance of our experiences together and in Nepal. It's been a FULL journey, that's for sure.

Since I last wrote, we have become true Patan residents! We've been settled in our homestays and communicating somewhat less awkwardly, working on our independent projects (they're amazing! prepare to be astonished!), having our morning schedule of language lessons and a lecture, and we've taken several exciting day trips. Today we just got back from Pharping and Dhakshin Kali, two pilgrimage places of Buddhist and Hindu significance, respectively. It was a treat to get out of the valley, for however much we love it and it has become home, the air can be thick in our throats and the traffic sounds persistently ringing in our ears. Pharping rises above the Kathmandu valley, Dhakshin Kali nestled in the forest on its edge. We were able to witness for ourselves the supposed "self-arisen-Tara," a goddess image that was said to have arisen spontaneously from the rock...no human tools involved. We also saw the cave where Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist master, is rumored to have meditated and left his hand print in the rock - a reminder that things are not as solid as they seem. We hiked up the hill and had a nice discussion on Buddhism in the shade of a grove of trees and webs of prayer flags. Then we walked down the hill to Dhakshin Kali, a Hindu temple dedicated to the fierce goddes, Kali. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, the place buzzes with devotees who bring their goats and chickens to slaughter and offer blood to their Goddess. For better or worse, no sacrifices were taking place while we were there this afternoon...but we were able to speak a bit about the fundamentals of Hindu philosophy and give a context for this seemingly bizarre expression of devotion.

We hope you enjoy the photos...and again cannot wait to share stories in person when we see you next week! Be gentle with us upon our return - although we will be ready and happy to return home, a little part of us will remain in this mysterious and magical land, and we will take a little bit of it with us. We will be new and fresh and inspired and...tired; we will be ready to share tales of our adventures, but reserved upon realizing that this experience cannot really be conveyed in all its depth. And we will still be uncovering much of that mystery for ourselves long after we have returned.

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Kathmandu Shots

Kristin Brudevold,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Namaste! The fact that we have but 6 days left in-country, and 7 (some-odd…travel time is not an exact science) until we are in your arms in New York is starting to hit home for all of us. We still have a very full week left in which there is still plenty of space for […]

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07/19/09

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Kristin Brudevold

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So. I'm told that these are to be poetic. I'm not sure that I can provide, but I will try.

Today, a small portion of the group went up into the mountains to visit a monestary. After watching our bus struggle in the monsoon muck for about twenty minutes we unanimously decided to walk. It was like walking in a sauna, and after a week of sitting in Katmandu, perfect. At the top of the hill there was the monestary we were going to visit.

After being forced to eat far to much dal bot by nuns anxious to be hospitible, we went to watch the puja. It was incredible to watch the synchonized chanting, drumming, and bell ringing that several dozen monks could manage, and that I couldn't even begin to imagine devoting enough time to learn. At the end of every chant, the younger nuns would sit massaging their arms.

Later, during the explaination of the prayers we heard, the monestary transitioned from that complete order to complete chaos, as the cows decided it was time to wreak havoc. On the way down, the silence and concentration we had given the chanting of mantras completely dissolved, and we became a giggling mass of teenaged girls on a bumpy bus back to Katmandu.

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Puja

Mara Goldfine,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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So. I’m told that these are to be poetic. I’m not sure that I can provide, but I will try. Today, a small portion of the group went up into the mountains to visit a monestary. After watching our bus struggle in the monsoon muck for about twenty minutes we unanimously decided to walk. It […]

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07/17/09

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Mara Goldfine

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Walking down this bustling street filled(or rather overflowing) with tiny shops and people, bikes, motorcycles, and honking taxis, I look over my shoulder and see a strange new face looking at me. This is the face of the man that I am supposed to be living with for the next three weeks. I am here to try new foods, new art, and experience his culture. Everything here so beautiful, yet so different, captivates me. The women walking down the road in their saris that sparkle in the sunlight, the children that run past laughing. But while I am sneaking a glimpse at the man I am to stay with, the corner of my notices that practically everyone else on the path is staring at me. It is not the man next to me but rather me, that is a strange new face.

This realizationonly becomes more apparent when we reach "home."His mother and father both don't understand English, and I completely butcher the Nepali language everytime I try to open my mouth. The alternative has become me trying to use various hand signals until someone who understands a little bit of english comes, while the mother sits and laughs. Our group is still learning but we pick everything up quickly. The favorite past time is still staring and laughing at this strange person that has wandered into their home.

Everyone is enjoying their homestays and ISPs. one week has passed in Kathmandu and we all are still looking around in awe of everything we see. The culture and vibe of the city catches you up in it and before we know it the trip will be over. until then we are just going to be experiencing the time of our lives!

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A Strange New Face, A Strange New World

Iska Nardie-Warner,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Walking down this bustling street filled(or rather overflowing) with tiny shops and people, bikes, motorcycles, and honking taxis, I look over my shoulder and see a strange new face looking at me. This is the face of the man that I am supposed to be living with for the next three weeks. I am here […]

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07/12/09

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Iska Nardie-Warner

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I finish washing my hands and take a seat in the semi circle not knowing quite what to expect. The eight other members of our group sidleover andtake seats, some rubbing their eyes blearily in the light cast by numerous lanterns. Faces of numerous villagers pop up over the wall on my left and gaze down on us in the half light. In front of me a group of bodies prepare for the coming performance. Drums are tapped softly, vocal chords are warmed up, and whispers drift over to me on the breeze. The owners of the tiny hotel suddenly stop fidgeting with the light and move out of the ring and into the shadows. Six beautiful Nepalese womenmake their way to the front with their bangles clanging and long dresses sweeping the grass. A drum begins to beat and a beautiful voice rises up over the crowd as the women begin to dance. We sit enchanted as other drums join the first to form a complicated rhythm, and other voices harmonize with the first to create a haunting melody. The women sway in and out of eachother, never any hesitation in their step as they twist and turn. One song flows into another andthen another before there is a gap in the set. The crowd has doubled in size and there are now thirty or so faces peering down at us from the wall as the dancers motion for us to join them on stage. I remain seated and watch as theothers stand and wander towards the group of instruments and enchanting women. But it isn't long until one of the women catches my eye and drags me into the spinning circle. Wejoin the circleand do our best to stay in time as the voices grow ever louder and the speed of the rhythm increases. Before I know it I'm whisked into the center of thecircle and spun into the night, holding the hands of a beautiful girl.

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A Night in Bandipur

Owen Howes,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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I finish washing my hands and take a seat in the semi circle not knowing quite what to expect. The eight other members of our group sidleover andtake seats, some rubbing their eyes blearily in the light cast by numerous lanterns. Faces of numerous villagers pop up over the wall on my left and gaze […]

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07/10/09

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Owen Howes

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Were back in kathmandu! We are each staying with our Isp mentors at their houses and so far it has been a very interesting experience. We have started our nepali language class and are slowly building up our vocabulary but it is still very difficult to communicate. The homes are very nice but still very different from what we are used to and we have to be very mindfull about using too much water. There continues to be an excess of dalbat and we have to learn how to say too much. Everyone is very excited about their Isps and studying with the various artists. Today we went to Thamel to shop around and went to a cool cafe with all different foods. Ashley is leaving us tomorrow or saturday because she has been sick and we are all very sad and going tomiss her a lot. The trip wont be the same without her but we will all stay in touch and we are all going out to dinner together tonight to say goodbye.

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hello again

Carmel,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Were back in kathmandu! We are each staying with our Isp mentors at their houses and so far it has been a very interesting experience. We have started our nepali language class and are slowly building up our vocabulary but it is still very difficult to communicate. The homes are very nice but still very […]

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07/9/09

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Carmel

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Namaste mero sati haru (my friends),

We're just about approaching the mid-way point in our course, and I thought I'd post some photos from our sojourn thus far. The monsoon winds have blown us through some incredible corners of this country: through medieval villages, along the knife edges of rice paddy fields, bushwhacking up steep, lush, jungled hillsides,to the pond where Buddha was born, around crowded streets, into the homes of artists and curious families, and now back to Kathmandu! I'll let the photos speak for themselves and hope the students start posting stories!

Students have now settled into their Kathmandu homestays in the beautiful area of Patan, one of the ancient capital centers in the valley complete with mud walls, exquisitely carved wooden doorways, and lots and lots of rice on our dinner places! They’ve begun their ISP projects, working alongside artisans whose families have been working the same stone, wood, canvas, and metal for generations. We’re so lucky!

Enjoy these shots and hopefully more tales will be reported soon! (Ahem…students!)

Peace,

Kristin

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Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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First half Photologue

Kristin Brudevold,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Namaste mero sati haru (my friends), We’re just about approaching the mid-way point in our course, and I thought I’d post some photos from our sojourn thus far. The monsoon winds have blown us through some incredible corners of this country: through medieval villages, along the knife edges of rice paddy fields, bushwhacking up steep, […]

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07/9/09

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Kristin Brudevold

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Namaste!

We're back in Kathmandu! The past week has been phenomanal. We visted the different villages of Nepal, met some pretty awesome people, and ate some pretty awesome food. The highlight of the week was the two day hike to and from Rani Ghat. It was like 95 degrees, and with hard work, team communication, and perserverance, WE MADE IT THROUGH A 5-HR HIKE BOTH DAYS!!! Can you say Proud?! As a whole, we feel SO accomplished. Personally, it was one of the hardest things Ive EVER done, but it taught me how to push through the hardest times in life. Now, we're back in the capital, and ready for our ISP projects, as well as our homestays, so stay tuned....

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Back In Kathmandu

Ashley Christopher,Nepal Arts, Summer 2009

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Namaste! We’re back in Kathmandu! The past week has been phenomanal. We visted the different villages of Nepal, met some pretty awesome people, and ate some pretty awesome food. The highlight of the week was the two day hike to and from Rani Ghat. It was like 95 degrees, and with hard work, team communication, […]

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07/7/09

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Ashley Christopher

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