Author: Scott Harper

A Final Trek

Read more about Scott Harper’s trip to Nepal here. Sunday, 12 January 2014, 11:45 p.m., Golden, Colo. The four of us stumbled out onto pavement at the Sundarijal bus station after nearly eight hours of walking, knees and feet just on the verge of giving out. That was how 13 days of trekking came to a close, and yet Dawa, Henrik, Ad’le and I were all grinning as we high-fived and enjoyed a celebratory coke in a grungy food stall. I had met Dawa over breakfast a couple of days before we set out. He is Lhakpa’s stepbrother, and...

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Farewell to Sisautiya

Read more about Scott Harper’s trip to Nepal here. Monday, 25 November 2013, 10:15 a.m. The wheels on the bus fall off, off, off, off, off, off, off, off, off. The wheels on the bus fall off, off, off all through Nepal! It’s a good thing that back wheels come in pairs. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be giving this update. Somewhere on the winding highway between Mugling and Kathmandu, the outer left rear wheel dislodged itself and spun off into the darkness towards the Trisuli River far below. An extra two hours in the middle of the night while...

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Progress with Computers and Politics

Read more about Scott Harper’s trip to Nepal here. Monday, 18 November, 2013, 1:10 p.m. I must begin this update with some words of caution: Beware an 8-year-old Nepali kid named Rahul running around the Internet. If I hadn’t already unleashed him, I have surely done so now, because I helped create a Facebook account for him. In all seriousness, I didn’t do that because I thought it necessary or even a good idea, but rather because Rahul was adamant about being able to keep up with me and show my photos to his family once I leave. He even was to the point of begging that I give him my login information without really understanding what that would entail. So I gave him a personal lesson about how Facebook works, edited his privacy settings to appropriate levels, and provided a set of rules to follow when using the website. The latter includes parental oversight and very strict and clear instructions never to send or receive ‘friend’ requests from strangers. So, I suppose if you want to test him, send him an invite. If all goes according to plan, you should be rejected. Of course, all that is outside regular lessons at Eejot, which have themselves seen some more success. I have continued with the learn-as-you-go method of teaching concepts while the students are physically using the computers in...

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The Heart of Mithila

Another bus ride from hell marked the beginning of my second and last stay in Sisautiya. I was traveling with Prashant, Rashmi, Gayatri and Baibhav because Deepavali was approaching, and, for the same reason, everyone and their brother were also dispersing to their home villages from Kathmandu for the holiday. What resulted was a jam-packed bus, with people variably standing, sitting and lying in the aisle.

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Hike for Help

I should have known that we would meet in Boudhanath. As the epicenter of the displaced Tibetan community in Nepal and generally all things Buddhist, there really is no more appropriate place for any true Sherpa.

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