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Photo by Catherine Von Holt, Nepal Semester.

Greetings & Salutations

My name is Kevin Murphy, and it seems I may be the lone Midwesterner on our journey. This is not the first time for me, I have rarely met other Ohioans in any of my overseas travels. I am daily growing more and more excited to leave my frozen hometown, high tomorrow is 7°, for the relatively balmy Nepal.

I haven’t had a real vacation is about four years and when this opportunity showed up in my inbox a few weeks ago I decided then and there I couldn’t pass it up. The type of travel and interactions a Dragons program allows has become my favorite, and in my experience the best way to travel. I was lucky enough to join the Semester in China program in 2013 and it changed me in ways that I never could have anticipated. It opened my eyes and adjusted my perspective to become more aware of the intricacies within people and cultures I was previously ignorant of. It also helped to instill a permanent wanderlust and desire to learn about other people, places, and cultures outside of books and the news.

I am very much looking forward to exploring with you all what I have no doubt is an amazing country. I hope and expect this trip the be informative and refreshing for both the mind and soul.

This time next week I’ll be over the Atlantic, hopefully sleeping, with dreams of ashrams & artisans 😉

I do have two questions for you, Claire and Rishi: I will be arriving a day before we all meet up and though I haven’t decided where I’m staying that evening, how much cash do you suggest I change at the airport to get a meal and taxi into town? At least until I can find an ATM with better rates. Also, do any of the homestay families have children? I putting together a few gifts and would like to know what [range of] ages I can expect within families.