Monday, May 2, 2011

kathmandu countdown

Ladies and gentlemen, the Kathmandu Countdown has officially begun. In a little less than two months, this girl will be sitting on a plane with a wide grin across her face as she spies the white peaks of the Himalaya outside her window. I am returning to Nepal, to spend the summer volunteering at Shree Mangal Dvip School for Himalayan Children again. The school, the stupa, the mountains and the monsoon have made a home for me, and my heart pounds at the thought of returning. I know that these two months will feel excruciatingly long, then suddenly disappear, and I'll find myself in Qatar with my hiking boots and sketchbook, waiting for my transfer to Kathmandu. A whole new adventure; slightly less uncertain than last year, but no less exciting. I have made friends and family beneath the eyes of Buddha.

If you feel like taking a little trip over a cup of tea or coffee, you can read all about my summer in Nepal here and here.


Joy said...

Wow! What an amazing experience! I look forward to hearing about it.

szaza said...

Thanks, Joy!
I'm really looking forward to it. In the meantime, feel free to read about my adventure there last summer :)

barbara said...

it was through your visit there last summer and perhaps your sketches on urban sketchers that introduced me to your blog so am thrilled to hear that you are going back! Loved, loved, loved your photos and your mini essays on your adventures and am so looking forward to hearing about this upcoming summer from you.

in 1957/58 i spent one year at a hill station boarding school in Mussoorie, India and to this day I long to return to those Himalayan Foothills, going through Vermont on a mini holiday 3 years ago I realized why I loved that area, reminiscent of my year at Woodstock, so your adventures in the hills of Nepal really struck a chord. o.k., i'm getting really excited and it's not even my trip! :)

szaza said...

Thank you so much, Barbara! Well I hope that this summer will yield even more photos and artwork. I am really going to push the artwork— and who knows? Maybe have a show.

I hope you get back to Mussoorie— there is something magical about the Himalaya; the whole region sings and vibrates with colour and scent and ooh I am aching to get back!