I love the summer and I've been soaking it up over here these past two weeks being home. I miss the children and my life at Kopila tremendously but I have to say being here in the U.S. has felt like quite the luxury and has been incredibly restorative for me. This past weekend my best friend Hannah got married in Ithaca, New York. It was a beautiful wedding with the most beautiful people. It was a wonderful gift to be able to be there for her special day and spend time with her amazing friends, family and Hannah’s new husband Adam! Having my first young friend get married up there at the alter definitely threw me for a little bit of a loop and I couldn't help but cry seeing her walk down the aisle. It feels like just yesterday we were 18 and setting off on our very first adventure in the South Pacific with our backpacks. We hit it off immediately in the airport in L.A. and have been close ever since. We've meditated in a Buddhist monastery together, lived in remote sea villages, scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef, and travelled on camels, trains, and rickshaws all across India. Hannah has been such a huge part of my journey to Nepal and was really the sole reason for us deciding to volunteer in India in the first place. She has been a huge support throughout my entire journey and a dear, dear friend and I'm so thrilled to have her in my life. Congrats to Hannah and Adam!
As for life back at Kopila Valley, things seem really good and surprisingly calm. Maybe it's the monsoon coming in or maybe it's just because I'm so far away but Tope sends me picture updates of the kids (especially Namraj) and the entire team seems on board and on top of things right now. I feel lucky to be able to have such peace of mind and know that children are in good hands with their aunties, uncles, teachers and new principal. Our good friend and past volunteer Lisa (from Texas) went over for the month to help us out as well. We'll have a guest blog post coming right up from her very shortly. I think it will include a story about Bishal dancing naked in the rain. It's monsoon season and it sounds like the Kopila kids have a little bit of cabin fever.
That's all for now! Thanks for checking in and Happy Summer!