Chicken coops and beehives in Nepal.

My friend Piper and I left the East Coast on July 18, traveling 24 hours to Kathmandu, Nepal. When we arrived at the Kathmandu airport it really felt as if we were someplace wildly different, we were exhausted, hungry and a bit disoriented. Thankfully we were met at the airport and then went to the Hotel Courtyard in Thamel run by great people Michelle and Punjan. It’s a great place and we felt instantly at home. They took very good care of us as travelers arriving for the first time in Nepal.

We spent the next 4 days in Kathmandu eagerly awaiting the arrival of Maggie Doyne. We are both here to join Maggie at her amazing school and home called Kopila Valley in Surkhet. Surkhet District is one of Nepal's seventy-five districts of Nepal located about 380 miles west of Kathmandu. Kopila Valley School and Home is an amazing place and Piper and I were lucky enough to go as a Theater and Arts Fellow and Sustainability Fellow.

Here is the story of Kopila. "After Maggie’s senior year of high school, as her friends headed to college, the 18-year-old boarded a plane in New Jersey and set off to see the world with just her backpack and eyes wide open. Four countries and 20,000 miles later, she found herself trekking through the Himalayas and walking along the dirt roads of Nepal’s most poverty-stricken villages." The rest of the story is here.
Day one dinner was a traditional Nepalese buffet, which we were told is usually 85 courses but we did ‘buffet-light’, only 12 courses which included boar and buffalo.

Over the course of the next few days we visited Bouda Stupa, which looks like a giant mandala. Pashnupatinath Panch Daval one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River and dates back to 400 A.D. The Beekeeping Shop of Kathmandu, and a music shop to pick up guitars for the school.

Here is the thing about Kathmandu. It is magical, interesting, overwhelming, chaotic, hard to breathe and a great place to see. Every day we would head out to explore and inevitably would be in a situation where we had to barter. I am terrible at bartering. Not just terrible, really terrible. It became an ongoing joke at how bad. 

After a few days Maggie arrived. It was really great to have her there to show us around. Then it was off to Kopila in Surkhet, Nepal. It required a quick flight and a 3 hour drive to get there. Off to get some beehives and chicken coops going!

More later. Follow our journey here as well.

THANK YOU to Richard, Abbey, Kristen and Micah, Bonnie and Jim, Mr. Nance, Jen, Michael and Renee, Lauren, Dorothy and Howard, G'Huns, MAHA, Dell and ZZ, John A, Grammy and Grandpa, Anna and Gary, Becky, Carey Family, Julie, Sue, Gwen, Gin, Deborah, Todd, Dianne, Matthew, Bill, Matt, Mollie, Katherine, Mama Karen, Sandra, Winky, Rebecca, Lynn, Alice M, Carrie, Tracey, Bonnie, Esther, Scott Family, Rick, Jan, Henry and Jeanne, Miranda and Edward. For supporting the #beethechange campaign.

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