As our trip draws ever nearer, our attention inevitably shifts towards how best to prepare for the journey ahead. Logistical considerations, such as what to pack and how to get to the airport, can crowd our minds, so I’d like to invite us to take some time to reflect on some of the issues and topics we hope to explore on our course.
Here are a couple of rich articles to whet your appetite and start preparing your mind for the adventure ahead.
Pico Iyer, Why We Travel – http://picoiyerjourneys.com/index.php/2000/03/why-we-travel/, is a beautifully-written exploration of the profound personal development that can come from traveling in a new place with an open mind.
A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor looks at the artisans in Patan and how they are working towards rebuilding their heritage from the rubble of the earthquake: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2017/0717/In-post-quake-rebuilding-Kathmandu-s-carvers-reclaim-a-fading-heritage
We hope you are enjoying your last few days at home with family and friends. And if you don’t have much time to read these articles in advance, we recommend them as a wonderful way to occupy your time on the flight over!