Service Trip to Nepal and Family Sabbatical in South America

Video Summary

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Aug 20, 2015
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We have settled back into life in the States and both start college in the upcoming weeks. It is amazing how fast the time flies; it has already been more than two weeks since we returned home. Our trip was really fantastic though and I created a ten-minute video summarizing our experiences in Nepal. Feel […]

End of Quite An Experience

End of Quite An Experience

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Aug 5, 2015
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I yawned as the movie began. The fourth one in less than ten hours, watching movies on flights really does pass the time. Thirty hours after we left Nepal, including a long ten-hour layover in New York, we arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the drive back to Asheville from the airport we stopped at […]

Hello Himalayas

Hello Himalayas

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Jul 29, 2015
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The frail car bumbled down the road as we made our way from Pokhara to Nayapul, the starting point for our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. I sat tightly squeezed between Dawson and Dhaba, our porter. Our guide Arjun sat in the front. The clear skies revealed massive white peaks that grew taller as we […]

Next Adventure

Next Adventure

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Jul 25, 2015
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After finishing up our service with the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation, Dawson and I went to Pokhara. Although the distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is roughly 200km, the bumpy sinuous road takes over seven hours. I gazed out the window at the lined terracing on steep slopes as the bus undulated between the folds of […]

Good Week of Volunteering

Good Week of Volunteering

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Jul 20, 2015
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This past week Dawson and I volunteered for the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation. Their mission is to “foster health and well-being in Nepal’s most impoverished communities by encouraging sustainable change through environmentally friendly programs.” Although Dawson was not able to work much after injuring his leg, we were still able to contribute to the foundation […]

Kevin Rohan Foundation

Kevin Rohan Foundation

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Jul 19, 2015
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Although we were not able to work as much with Medic Mobile as we had planned, we have worked with several other organizations. Most recently, we volunteered at the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation. We started working last Thursday and have been there since. The foundation is based around eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques as well […]

Shelter from the rain

Shelter from the rain

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Jul 10, 2015
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Around noon today we packed day back with water, rain jacket, a camera, and a guidebook and set off to do a hike. We wanted to hike to the top of Champadevi, one of the mountains that surround the Kathmandu Valley. We took a taxi to what we believed to be the beginning of the […]

Volunteering in Nepal

Volunteering in Nepal

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Jul 8, 2015
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We are enjoying our time in Nepal. We have seen some truly incredible places, including several temples and Buddhist monasteries. We are also figuring out how to best volunteer. Complications with communication across remote areas and the weather have limited our ability to work with Medic Mobile. We talk with Jay and Aileen, good friends […]

Local temples

Local temples

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Jul 5, 2015
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A few days ago Adam and I visited Durbar square, a local temple which was converted into a palace for the Kathmandu royal family. As we toured the palace and surrounding temples, I was shocked by how devastating the earthquake had been. We had seen many collapsed houses and modern buildings, but to also see […]

Arrived in Nepal

Arrived in Nepal

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Jun 30, 2015
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I woke up to the upbeat vocal melodies of Billy Joel’s classic song, “Uptown girl.” The tune put me in a good mood to start the day. Well, to start the next part of our 30 hours of travel time to get to Nepal. I slept briefly, as the sun’s journey east combined with our […]

First Aid Preparation
In Nepal

First Aid Preparation

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Jun 26, 2015
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Last week Adam and I took a wilderness first-aid class to learn about backcountry medicine and further prepare for what we might face in Nepal. It was a great experience to understand what to do in different medical emergencies as well as how to remain calm in stressful situations. The course consisted of 16 hours […]

Preparing for Our Trip

Preparing for Our Trip

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Jun 19, 2015
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Time is getting shorter by the day. Last week we bought our plane tickets, a $4,000 investment to which we are committed. So it’s final: we are going to Nepal. This week has involved a lot of preparation. Our friend Tony helped us to re-purpose our blog so that it includes posts from both the […]

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