What a long day. I have a lot to say, but I will leave most of it out because I want to focus on the Earthquake. In case you don't know, Nepal got hit with a really bad Earthquake about a year ago. I was moving across the country at the time so it was a thing I knew about but didn't really know about. I suspect most Americans felt the same way. Seeing pictures of the Boudha Stupa (pictured above from my trip) before the Earthquake, and then seeing it today really made the experience real. A year later, the progress is slow but heading in the right direction.
What fascinates me about the damage is the craftsmanship and attention to detail as well as the effort that is put on the rebuilding. We, as Americans, have piles of money and technology to throw at any situation. However, here it is detail and labor that get the job done. For example,. built up the side of the stupa is a series of bamboo tied together into a scaffolding ramp. All the materials for the stupa rebuild are taken up the ramps by hand. I admire this way of life.