Escape. Exploration. Encounters.
I myself cannot imagine how fast time has passed. I am already here in the Bay Area for five weeks. Weirdly enough, there were days when I had to fight to get up in time for work. I continued to send emails to local Latino and Nepalese Students Associations of nearby colleges and universities to expand OHWW’s community network; I searched endlessly for grant opportunities; and I kept up with the administrative support that OHWW needed. What I found helpful at the office were the pictures of Tibetan and Nepalese women and children. They worked their magic and reminded me of the bigger picture.
Outside of my time with OHWW, I explored what the city had to offer– walked around parks on weekends, visited various museums, and participated in the street festivals all over San Francisco.
Because I take public transportation to get around the city, I have met very interesting people on the way. One random girl sitting next to me struck up a conversation with me one night. As we proceeded in our conversation, I found out that she had been to Nepal for a climbing expedition. Like I’ve said, great things do come in small packages. These random and transient encounters did the trick.