|Tikot Villages wave goodbye|
bright spots, gifting ownership, and instilling dignity will do more for a town than the nicest computers and newest health clinics.
I made it back to Kathmandu safely and have had a wonderful couple days working with Tika (my guide from Mera Peak) develop a new web site. In addition, I had a wonderful meeting with Dr. Saroj Dhital - the genius behind the Nepal Wireless Project (of which I will be writing much more on, soon). I leave you with Dr. Dhital's parting words to me
"We are all citizens of this world, and its only pure chance that we were born where we were. But if we continue to cross borders and join hands - as we are doing now - than not only is a better world possible, but we will be moving towards it... Together"
Fun side note. On the way back to Kathmandu, I stopped in Pokhara for 1 day with Pradeep. We traveled the surroundings for a day with his family, and on a side-hike to the Peace Pagoda we ended up on a beautiful trail, that also happened to be covered in trash. Upon crossing the first plastic bag carelessly littered on the side of the trail, Pradeep looked at me questioningly "Eco trek?". "Every day should be an Eco trek" I responded. After one hour of hiking our hands were full of trash, and Pradeep's wife and uncle had joined us in the clean-up effort. Like I wrote about in 'Cleaner Than When You Found It", I truly believe that the clean-up efforts we initiated will stick. Not because of the presence of trash cans or plastics bags, but because of the people that hold them. Again, its about the people, not things.