My name is Manzanita Moore, but you can call me Zanna. I’m from a little town in Southwest called Durango, Colorado. I graduated high school in 2017, but like many of you I’ve also decided to take a gap year before college. I plan on going to CU Boulder in the fall to study art and art history, but I’ve applied to a few other places outside of Colorado this year and I’ll hear back from them while on this trip. So far I’ve spent most of my gap year working to save money, and I’m so excited to finally be able to travel and experience Nepal with all of you.
My love for travel started when I was younger and spent a year on the little island of Saipan. More recently, I was a Rotary Exchange Student in 2015-2016 and was lucky enough to be placed in Brazil for a year. I lived with local families, went to a Brazilian school and traveled the coast of the country with dozens of other exchange students from all over. It was a wild, wonderful experience and I’ve been restless and ready to travel again ever since.
I am drawn to the unparalleled diversity of Nepal. Besides the beautiful landscapes, I have heard so many stories about its religious and cultural complexities, and warm, welcoming people. I am interested learning the practices of traditional art, as well as its roots and influences. Buddhism is also very fascinating to me, although I have only really been exposed to it through Western perspectives and I am eager to learn directly from the people of Nepal.
Here in Colorado I love hiking and being outdoors, art and illustration, and I work at a movie theatre, so I see a lot of movies. I’m so excited to meet you all and start this adventure.
See you soon!