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The air up there: Inside Upper Mustang

May 19, 2011


So there I am in Kagbeni, the southern-most town of the District of Upper Mustang, about to cross the border with my two friends into the “restricted” area of northern Nepal, and I’m wondering, “What the heck will I find in this desolate land? By the time I’m done, I’ll have spent over $1,000 and […]

The air up there: An introduction

May 7, 2011


After a month-long hiatus from blogging, I’ve got a lot to share. But I’ll admit it’s mostly about Upper Mustang, a remote northern area in the Nepali Himalayan range where I spent two weeks in April. Getting up to and into Upper Mustang is no easy feat. As a “restricted zone,” foreign nationals are required […]

Japan, Nepal, and the energy question

March 14, 2011


I am shocked and saddened by the recent earthquake in Japan. I’m half-Japanese with all my family on my mother’s side living in Tokyo and Okinawa. The news from Japan seems to keep getting worse and worse, the latest reports being the scariest of all: that of a sustained and long-term nuclear crisis. The residual […]

Battery-powered days

February 25, 2011


In Nepal, it’s springtime. The days are longer and warmer. Sitting on the balcony under a blue sky with the sun on your face and the birds busily creating a racket in the trees nearby feels so idyllic that you could sing a song about it. But springtime also has its downside in Nepal. Spring […]

It’s cold and it’s complicated

December 3, 2010


It’s already December, and I’ve been thinking about how to describe the onset of winter in the KTM valley. After much thought, this is how I’d sum it up: It’s complicated. Ever since autumn hit in mid-November, the days have been like daily climate sandwiches: A slice of hot afternoon in between two hunks of […]

Sorry, but solar sucks

November 5, 2010


Bleeding green won’t give you a hot shower. At least not in Nepal. This was a hard lesson to learn, as I’m a fairly devoted environmentalist. And sadly, today marks my household’s cession to the powers of non-efficient energy use: As I type this, there are men in my bathroom installing a gas-powered water heater. […]