Adventures of Two Americans Living and Working in Nepal

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Detour: Thailand

Seven flights and five days later, we are finally on the last leg of our journey, waiting for the connecting flight from Delhi to Kathmandu with about 80 other Western tourists outfitted in hiking boots and wind pants, ready for their trekking adventures in the Himalayas. It’s a little surreal.

We’ve spent the past five days in Thailand, trying to get over our jet lag. The first four nights we stayed in Phuket, a beach town in the south that is basically the Cancun of southeast Asia. If we had had more time or energy, I am sure we would have opted for a somewhat calmer, less touristy setting, but it turned out to be a good place to catch our breath and decompress a little from the madness of the past couple of months.

The initial weather was nice, so we enjoyed the beach and the pool and in the process wound up acquiring some pretty sweet sunburns. On the first day, Travis neglected to apply even a drop of sunscreen anywhere and burned the tops of his feet so badly that he had to wear socks to the beach the next day. I made the rookie move of uneven application and now have two bright red stripes down each leg. Other highlights of Thailand were the delicious food, the Muay Thai boxing fight we took in and the quick day spent in Bangkok.

Here are a few photos. Updates on our arrival in Nepal soon!

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No Direct Flights from Boise to Bangkok? Shocking.

Over the past several months, this day has, at times, seemed like it would never come. At the same time, having spent so much time talking about it and planning for it, it’s also seemed like this day has always been with us, permeating our every conversation and activity. But now it’s finally here! Tomorrow we leave for our nine month stint living and working in Nepal. In all, there will be seven flights in between our departure city of Boise, Idaho, where we’ve been visiting Travis’ family, and our final destination of Kathmandu (where we’ll arrive after a brief, five day detour to Thailand.)

The school site we worked on last year with Edge of Seven in Nepal.

To give a little background, the proposition to move to Nepal came up several months ago, when Travis was offered a job as the lead designer and architectural fellow on a five village educational and infrastructure projectin the Solukhumbu Region of Nepal, where Mount Everest is located.

We’re not exactly college kids anymore, so a move of this caliber definitely required careful consideration and planning. On top of leaving our jobs, leasing our house in Austin, Texas, and cramming the belongings we didn’t sell into a 10-foot-by-10-foot storage unit, we also had to say farewell to our family, friends, and our little dog Chester, who will be well cared for by Travis’ sister Andrea and her boyfriend Brad while we are away. (Thanks Andrea and Brad!)

Chester: A Face Only Everybody Can Love

But, truth be told, we both felt right away that this was not an opportunity to be missed. Not only do we love Nepal, its culture and its people, but, having spent two months in Nepal last year working on an Edge of Seven school building project, we know there is much to be done there and are grateful for the opportunity to contribute in any way.

That said, there are many things we’ll miss about home, food being one of the first things that comes to mind outside of friends and family. I won’t take up space listing everything we’ll miss here, as I am sure anyone who plans to keep up with this blog will hear enough about our queso cravings and longings for basic electricity in the months to come.

For now, the plan is to arrive in Kathmandu next week and immediately begin working and apartment hunting. In addition to the Solukhumbu Development Project, I’ll also be pursuing other projects and work with NGOs based in Kathmandu and look forward to keeping everyone updated on new developments, adventures, and culinary experiences as they arise! We’ll be building the blog out a bit more over the coming weeks, so stay tuned, but if anyone has any topics they would like to learn more about or issues they’re curious about, please send us an email and suggest it for a blog post!

And before we officially get started on this journey, we have to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing friends and family members, who have been there for us and helped us throughout this endeavor. We couldn’t do it without your support!

We are ready to get going. Next stop – Thailand!

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