March 21 – May 8 There’s something to be said about spending a 12,000km flight daydreaming of home, only to watch COVID-19 twist the place you grew up into something nearly unrecognizable. At first, it jars you so badly your teeth rattle. Homecoming is no longer teary airport embraces followed by grand tales of aContinue reading “SoCal quarantine: navigating a new normal and Bhutan in retrospect”
March 20 – 21 Goodbyes are funny things. First, there are a million and one ways to say them: thoughtfully folded save-to-read-on-the-plane letters, exchanging a dorm room key for a safety deposit, lung-compressing group hugs, frantic waves to SFS staff shrinking in the rearview mirror as the buses whisked us away to the airport. Second,Continue reading “Homecoming: the puzzling nature of goodbyes”
March 18-19 Wednesday rolled around with an atrocious 5am wakeup call consisting of souvenir-heavy luggage clunking through the dorm hallway. The racket jolted me out of sleep but couldn’t quite propel me into full consciousness. Instead, I merely tugged my comforter back up to my chin to ward off the nippy morning chill and shovedContinue reading “The blue yarn days: serotinous sentiments and kindness again”
March 17 Tuesday dawned cold but eager. Frost coated everything but the smoldering fire pit where we huddled in our best impression of a colony of penguins buffeted by a snowstorm. Nevertheless, even numb fingertips couldn’t discourage the excited energy thrumming through the frigid air. We scarfed down a hearty breakfast, rolled up sleeping pads, andContinue reading “Taktsang Tuesday: silver lining threads”
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