My name is Nick, and I’m very excited to introduce myself and begin this incredible journey that we will be embarking on together. I came from Maine, but I’ve been living in Asia for some years now and, like many other travelers before me, I’ve been deeply touched and transformed by the myriad people and places of Nepal, my home-away-from-home.
My travels began right here with Where There Be Dragons, when I joined a Himalayan Studies semester course in Nepal, just like this one. This experience radically altered my life for the better, setting me off on a path of wonder and exploration of the outer world and within myself. Since then, I have completed graduate studies of Buddhism and Hinduism, become certified as a Wilderness EMT, and found a place for myself in the field of experiential education. While living in Nepal, I have worked in Kathmandu and the foothills of Mount Makalu in the Eastern Region in development, academic education, and as a Dragons instructor. I have also lived and worked in other nearby countries, including Nepal’s Himalayan neighbors, Bhutan, China, and India. Considering my interest in Himalayan religions, passion for experiential education, and general love for all-things-Nepal, this opportunity to travel with you is a wonderful gift. The Dragons experience shaped the person that I have become in many ways, and I am honored to share that experience with all of you this spring.
I’m guessing that most/all of you haven’t been to Nepal before, and perhaps are traveling outside of the US for the first time, and I want to congratulate you for taking this big step to go beyond your comfort zone and immerse yourself in another part of the world. Nepal is a remarkably complex country for its size – its diverse culture, history, geography, and cuisine are all unbelievably colorful and full of masala (spice)! It is difficult, surreal, heavenly, overwhelming, and everything in between all at once, and we will have so much to discuss and digest together as we go! I can’t wait for the journey to start, but the time before then will fly by. If any of you are looking for additional reading while preparing for our departure, I highly recommend the book called House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal, a collection of literature from and about Nepal.
My two co-instructors will be posting introductions shortly, and we would also love to read introductions from all of you! Please find the time in the coming few weeks to post a Yak, with a photo and a bit of info about you – Who are you? Where do you come from? What do you want to do/see/experience in Nepal? – a paragraph is plenty, but feel free to write more if you want! I also encourage you to post Yaks with any questions you might have about packing, preparing, or anything else, because chances are that someone else is wondering about the same thing you are!
I’m looking forward to meeting you all soon in Kathmandu!