Ladies and gentlemen, the Kathmandu Countdown has officially begun. In a little less than two months, this girl will be sitting on a plane with a wide grin across her face as she spies the white peaks of the Himalaya outside her window. I am returning to Nepal, to spend the summer volunteering at Shree Mangal Dvip School for Himalayan Children again. The school, the stupa, the mountains and the monsoon have made a home for me, and my heart pounds at the thought of returning. I know that these two months will feel excruciatingly long, then suddenly disappear, and I'll find myself in Qatar with my hiking boots and sketchbook, waiting for my transfer to Kathmandu. A whole new adventure; slightly less uncertain than last year, but no less exciting. I have made friends and family beneath the eyes of Buddha.
If you feel like taking a little trip over a cup of tea or coffee, you can read all about my summer in Nepal here and here.