What I Learned From Nepal

I went to Nepal after the conclusion of my 2000 Habitat for Humanity trip to India.  I saw Kathmandu, Pokhara, woke up to watch a glorious sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains, played with a baby goat, traded English branded t-shirts for local wovens and flew in the tiniest, shakiest propeller plane to the top of Mt. Everest.

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I went with my best friend Patty and a new friend Sherri who I had just met before India; our Team Leader connected us after learning Sherri and I both lived in San Francisco.  Patty and I were inseparable for years and sometimes so wrapped up in each other I ignored or was even unkind to anyone else.  I don’t even know where Patty lives today.  As high as it soared, that friendship burned to ashes just as quick.  I know where Sherri lives though.  Sixteen years later, I know her and she knows me through the peaks of marriage, kids, career changes and some sunrises that came too soon after nights that lasted way too long.  Sixteen years and counting.

I’m donating to Rebuild Nepal via charity:water in honor of Sherri’s lasting friendship.

Beautiful Nepal.  May you rise from the ashes!

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