Living Abroad: What No One Talks About

There is no doubt that traveling and living in another country, for any amount of time is incredibly special, but I think many people have glamorized it. Everyone talks about the wonderful things that we see, the people we meet, the fantastic food we get to eat. We post photos on social media of beautiful... Continue Reading →

Kathmandu

I spent nearly all of my first 4 weeks back in Nepal, in Kathmandu. And while I love Nepal, everyone has heard me complain about this city. The dirt, pollution, garbage, traffic and general chaos. But every once in a while, there is this incredible beauty that shines through. One of my last mornings in Kathmandu,... Continue Reading →

What if you didn’t get paid?

This post was previously published in early 2018 as part of an assignment for my undergrad degree.  Imagine that you have a labour-intensive job. You spend your days cutting grass and weeds on the sides of steep hills and carry it home on your back. The bundle of grass is so big that you nearly... Continue Reading →

Just Like Coming Home

As we descended through the clouds, I saw that hill that was visible from my old apartment. The one my friend and I had climbed. The highest point in the Kathmandu Valley. That familiar sight caused me to tear up, my eyes still welling with tears as the plane touched down, minutes later. I was... Continue Reading →

Here’s to Strong Women

Today is International Women's Day. It is acknowledged worldwide, and celebrates women's achievements from political to social, as well as calling for gender equality. In Nepal, it is actually a public holiday (for women only). In the early 1900’s, when international women’s day first began, the aim was to increase wages, decrease working hours and... Continue Reading →

I’d Rather Go

Many people my age are starting to settle down. Getting real adult jobs, getting married, and having children. And if I'm being honest, the thought of that is terrifying. But that is the norm, or to me it seems like it is. When I was in Nepal I was often asked if I was married,... Continue Reading →

24

This week, I will turn 24. It's not a big year for most people. But... for me, 24 is a big one. Because there were many, many days this past year when I didn't think that I was going to make it to my 24th birthday. 23 was full of extreme highs and extreme lows,... Continue Reading →

Lessons from 2018

This year has felt like forever and it has felt like nothing. It has been a year of change. A year of challenges. A year of growth. I have experienced some incredible highs, but also some incredible lows. And, over the last 12 months, I've learned more than I could have imagined. I thought I'd share a... Continue Reading →

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