Earthquake in Nepal, inevitable and unexpected, national and personal

Vagabond Urges

One of my photos from Kathmandu, 2011 One of my photos from Kathmandu, 2011

Everyone knew an earthquake like this would happen and devastate Nepal. The geography and history made it obvious, inevitable. Who could look at those fault lines and think otherwise?

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During my time there, I never thought something like this could happen. Their bright smiles in my English classes made such devastation unthinkable, unjust to the point of impossibility. Who could look into the faces of children and think otherwise?

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It was a Saturday morning stroll around Boudhanath. The warmth and joy of the Nepali people were a gift to experience. It was a Saturday morning stroll around Boudhanath. The warmth and joy of the Nepali people were a gift to experience.

The ancient temples of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and throughout the country were stunning, statuesque in ancient presence, but largely made of brick, a material incredibly vulnerable in an earthquake prone country.

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The 8th grade class at Himalayan Secondary School was 30 boisterous bodies in a tiny classroom…

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