Hello everyone, I’m super excited to meet you guys and get started with our journey!
My name is Silas, and I’m from East Lansing, Michigan. I have a little bit of a different background from most people on this trip, in that I lived in Kathmandu for 9 months, in 2014 and 2015, with my family. I did tenth grade at an American School there. It was a huge new experience, which changed me a lot. I had a great introduction to Nepal, the tastes and smells, the crazy traffic flow, the nature, agriculture and many wonderful people, but I was also very busy with my school work and spent much of my time in my school, which was a very international comunity, fairly sheltered from typical Nepali life. My time there also came to a melancholly and somewhat abrupt close, after two major earthquakes struck, and we decided to leave earlier than planned. Before I left Nepal, I knew that I wanted to return, and was thinking about a gap year.
I am now taking that gap year, having graduated from high school in Michigan last spring, and starting at Cornell University next fall. This past fall semester I spent in Stockholm, Sweden with relatives, studying in a Swedish language gymnasium (high school).
I am actually already in Kathmandu—I arrived here about two weeks ago with my older sister. We’ve been here, visiting old friends and places, exploring, writing, drawing, eating, and talking to strangers. We have also been doing yoga every day, something I had barely done before now but that I really enjoy. I am probably the least flexible person I’ve ever met, but I like the mental state and philosophy of yoga, and I think I might be in trouble if I don’t keep stretching.
I love languages. I have to resist the urge to start learning new ones until I get the ones I’m already learning down. I picked up a fair amount of Nepali while I was here before, and have continued studying it from time to time since then.
I am generally curious about everything, and am really excited to meet all of you with your diverse backgrounds, interests and perspectives. I am really excited to have this time to really focus on Nepal, our environment, on being present, and on connecting with you all, the students, instructors, host families and anybody else.
Also, I bought a guitar here in Kathmandu that I’ll bring along. I’ve been playing guitar a little over a year, and I like to write songs, though I’ve had a little writers block lately. I imagine some of you might like to play it as well.
Have a safe trip, or as they say in Nepal, subha yaatraa!