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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Mountain Time

This is my fifth full day in the village of Balamchaur, yet this is the first time I’ve taken a moment to write. There is so much to take in! Even now as I sit on the front porch, there is so much going on… my Ama is cooking dinner over a small fire behind the clay wall I’m propped up against. A cow in the shed across from me munches on grass harvested early this morning. Dogs are barking, chickens are clucking. Neighbors converse over daal bhaat in Gurung, their native tongue. A century from now, this place and these sounds may no longer exist. A culture vanished amongst the towering Himalayas. Again I’m reminded how fortunate I am to be here now.