Nepal: Tragedy in the Himalayas

Gentleman in Durbar Square, Nepal

Gentleman in Durbar Square, Nepal

My…heart…is…broken.  The devastation to the Himalayan nation of Nepal due to the 7.8 earthquake is just gut-wrenching.  As you know, my husband and I traveled there in the early 1990s.

This is one of the poorest countries in the world…but they live in one of the richest environments of any people on earth.

Kathmandu (aka Kasthamandap Mahanagar), the capital city, is an ancient metropolis.  Established nearly 2000 years ago, it is nestled in a valley in the Himalayas.  It stands at approximately 4,600 feet.  It also lies in the shadow of the world’s best known mountain, Mount Everest.

At this point, we do not know the exact number of dead and injured.  It is estimated to be in the thousands.  Continue reading

How to Get a Cow to Cross a Bridge in the Himalayas

As they say, “you can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”.  Previously, I wrote to you about The Long Road to Rodeo with my steer Sebastian.  Let me now share an intercultural cow story.

In the early 1990’s my husband and I traveled in Nepal for six weeks.  While we spent a lot of time in Kathmandu and Pokhra seeing all of the sights, we were young and ready to hike in the Himalayas. Continue reading