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Field Trip!

March 28, 2010

in Philanthropy

Saying that I work with charitable projects in Nepal doesn’t fully convey either the work or the reward. Yesterday’s field trip reveals more about why it’s worth it…

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Heading out into the terraced fields of rural Nepal...

4:00am Wake up and meditate. Only Day 2 in Nepal, so jet lag is working in my favor. I’m awake.

4:30am Get ready–but there’s no power and no hot water.

5:00am Motorcycle ride with Neel.

Motorcycle Ride in Nepal

Clothing: Slip-on flats, capri pants, thin blouse, light softshell windbreaker, dust mask and sunglasses so that my entire face is covered, no helmet (there’s never a passenger helmet here), backpack with 9 pounds of fruit for the kids.

Soundtrack: Ipod. Indie rock, breaks/dance, chopin, downbeat, a little hip-hop.

Bike: Honda 100cc, averaging 30mph on the 50-60min of paved road and 20mph for the remaining 2 hrs offroad.

Road: Jarring. Generally under construction and ranging from rock-strewn to muddy to rutted and potholed. Always dusty, by which I mean a thick layer of powdery dirt comparable to a desert dust storm when a truck or bus comes along and kicks it up en masse. Curvy. Great views.

Extra complexity: No holding on to the driver. (Wrapping your arms around a male friend would be totally inappropriate.) Grab the small bar behind you on the seat. With both hands.

6:00am Tea break as the sun rises.

To be continued…

{ 1 comment }

annie March 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

oh man . . .

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