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Photo by Catherine Von Holt, Nepal Semester.

In these hills

In these hills, there lives something powerful, something that melts you from the inside, shakes you from your core. It’s something profoundly raw, undomesticated, greater than any feeble human expression could ever make it out to be. It’s not without reason that Nepal is the place where people come when there is something burning within them, that these hills and mountains gave birth to countless buddhas and sages. And I know this may sound cliche or over-idealistic, but I promise you it is the most real thing you will ever feel. When our group first touched down at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, in spite of our exhaustion, we felt a wave of energy overwhelm us. I thought this sudden upsurge in energy was just excitement or part of intercontinental flight delirium until my group-mate Blake leaned towards me and said “Something about this place feels holy”. At that point, I knew that I had come somewhere truly special. Although this journey has only just started, I can already feel myself beginning to change. My only goal for this experience is to remain open and allow the wild, undefinable essence of what this place is embrace me. I know that if I can do this, my life will be changed forever.