My Second Home, Basa Village (Short Story) - 11/30/2013 9:28:19 AM
When I took my short five week trip around the world in 1978, I told everyone that I was going to Kathmandu. Something prevented me from going, but I did spend four days in Dhacca, Bangladesh and about 20 days with my friend in Bangkok touring the country of Thailand. Like you, I fell in love with the people and the many cultures I experienced as I stayed in people's homes along the way.
My younger brother Tom went to Kathmandu about 1990 and hiked up to the Everest base camp but did not reach it. Tom was very fortunate to meet Peter Hillary and they even climbed a ridge together to get a better view of Everest on that day. Tom has a picture of the two of them at the top of the ridge.
You make me wonder if you are going to reveal any of those stories. My college friend from Bombay is a descendent of Zoroastrians. He writes five languages and probably has some ancient stories beyond the ones he's already told me.
You are so right. A life based on climbing the corporate ladder and materialism is a life not worth living. That's why I have always been a traveler and a writer, allowing me to go beyond the mundane and continue to be enlightened.