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 →

Tihar

Currently in Nepal, those who are Hindu, are celebrating the festival of Tihar (similar to Diwalli in India). This was written last year, when I was in Nepal, after my first visit to a village, which just happened to occur during this festival. I had been invited to the office on the first day of... Continue Reading →

Puppy’s Mom

This post was originally written in March of 2018, while I was living in Nepal. I found my English/Nepali dictionary and looked up the right words. I was nervous. I always mispronounce things and then no one understands me. I said it over and over again, repeating it in my head. Finally, I walked out... Continue Reading →

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