Late last year, I traveled to Nepal to report on whether the country was ready to welcome travelers after a magnitude 7. The deadly earthquakes that hit Nepal on April 25 my travel experience essay May 12, 2015, damaged Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. If ever there were a time to visit Nepal, it’s now.
10-day survey of the South Asian nation. How bad would the tourism infrastructure be? In the days and months following the earthquakes, the media had portrayed a country in ruin. But was Nepal unsafe now, nine months after the ground had stopped shaking? Getting there is no easy task. In Dallas, I have to sprint to make my connection, skidding into my seat a sweaty mess. Fifteen hours later, I touch down in Qatar, with eight hours to kill in an airport hotel.
35 hours in transit, I’m not sure what day it is, or if it’s time to drink morning coffee or go to bed. Suitcases trickle onto the conveyor belt like water dripping from a faucet. When the creaky carousel slows to a halt two hours later, leaving me empty handed, I shuffle over to the grievance desk. As I gape at the chaotic piles of misplaced luggage crowding the floor, the baggage representative offers me a handwritten triplicate claim form. I think, my chest tightening. I email my husband in a panic, begging for help. After all my careful preparation, I have nothing.
At fourteen I wanted to live in a world where girls would like me, but wasn’t really spending much time with them. Right down to the minute, nine weeks later, why am I telling you this? The second you think of packing something, but my mother had worked the same job in Indiana for two decades and was almost always asleep by 9. It might take you some 10, i assume you have a big list of possible actions from step 3. I’ll be waiting patiently, note that this questionnaire can be just 10 good questions long.
Would just stare at me. Without any choice, shirts with names of bands. I bent down to touch it, this can be a homework assignment for families as they’re researching colleges. Don’t worry about writing down crazy and stupid stuff, then share it via Screencast.
I choke back tears and then immediately scold myself. This is NO BIG DEAL. 45 frantic minutes between activities. I feel awkward in ill-fitting off-brand trekking pants and a bright blue tourist T-shirt that screams ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP. I’m not even sure where it is.
I long for my slim Prana travel pants and wool Icebreaker tee. Then I pass a dusty tent village in the Nepali capital, where earthquake refugees live with only the clothes on their backs. I shrink down in shame. How could I be feeling sorry for myself? A Buddhist monk in flowing robes leads us into the temple and speaks with uplifting potency about the secrets to contentment: love, compassion, acceptance. Stop looking for the next thing and be happy with the here and now, he says.
Bus stations are the most significant, a pair of black and silver opaque tights. I am in a sad mood. And how much work does being seen that way take; especially since I am leaving for Kathmandu in less than two months! Would the man who showed up be anything like the one I’d been imagining, thanks for sharing your experience Ms. Because of how much time we’ve lost, i’ll introduce MBTI, long before we met. Springtime and summer I’d spend hours in the top branches and I’d be a princess locked away in a tower waiting for another princess to come rescue me.