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

Comfort and Wonder

Heat. Hit. Heat. Hit. Heat. Bind. Heat. Brush. Bracelet making is more time consuming than I’d expected. My mentor also promises it’ll take around half the time it usually does. I live a 40 minute walk from my mentors home in Kopan, and here in Katmandu the sun has been setting closer and closer to 5:30. Given all these factors, its understandable why you could find me half walking, half galloping home at 5:20 on Friday evening.

As I averted a woman with 3 extremely large cows on leashes and thought only of the hindrance rather than the marvel of such a thing, it struck me how quickly and easily I adjusted to many aspects of life in Nepal, and how that might, in fact, be both a good and a bad thing. Good- because I’m able to connect with people in Nepal without the pain of feeling too “other”, quickly feeling comfortable half-way across the world from where I ordinarily call my home. Bad- because if I’m not actively noticing and recording the differences between here and there, I’m not learning. I’m not aware.

So, from this point on I marvel. There’s no contradiction between comfort and wonder.