Namaste y'all!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The moment I got off the plane from Hawaii after my last Habitat trip, I was already thinking of where I’d go next. Many of my fellow builders had done previous Global Habitat builds so I had happily spent nights listening to them tell stories of their travels (while secretly imagining if I could’ve handled that location). When I got back home the first thing I did was research Habitat trips to the places my new friends had mentioned- places like El Salvador, Alaska, Fiji and some remote areas in Africa. All of them were exciting but I know myself and I don’t think I could go to any of those places alone! Even Hawaii was a stretch for me despite the fact that I knew I wasn’t really alone since my G-parents were on the island over. With all that in mind, I resigned myself to waiting a bit and trying to recruit one of my new building buddies to go with me on another trip later this year.

Like 2 days later one of my favorite people from the Hawaii trip sent out a message saying that she was planning on leading a trip to Nepal later this year and that we should all consider going (because we’re a ridiculously fun group- be jeal). Without hesitating I replied “Yes!” I think she thought I was kidding but little did she know that a few weeks later, a month and half after we left our first build together, I’d be signed up on her team!

Does God know what he’s doing or what? I wanted to go on another trip but didn’t want to go alone and then- voila! Natalie, the team lead, is seriously the best. She actually works for Habitat International so she definitely has the same heart for helping families achieve affordable, decent housing as I do. Plus she’s a riot. My sides literally hurt from laughing whenever she's around. And she’s equally as obsessed with her puppy as I am with mine!

After I initially said yes to the trip, Nat started sending me info on this build because it isn’t just any ole Habitat build- it’s a special “Big build” where hundreds of volunteers from various countries will come together to build at least 100 homes in a week. No, that’s not a typo- 100 homes in 1 week! The project is in the village of Jaymangala, Chitwan district. The standard of living in Jaymangala is low and houses are not very well maintained. Most houses have thatched roofs, a few roofs are made of tin sheets, with walls made of tight bamboo framework and a mud mixture. Many homes are just a single room, with some extending to 3 rooms. The village has access to electricity and roads with a public water tap used by everyone.
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About Nepal

Nepal is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. The country is home to 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks, including Mount Everest. The nation’s capital and largest metropolis is Kathmandu.

The country is also one of the world’s poorest with around 40% of its population living below the poverty line. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for the majority of Nepalese. Industry is primarily agriculture related. In 2013, Nepal actually ranked 157th on the Human Development Index and is one of the least developed nations in the entire world. Being underdeveloped does make the country one full of rich, natural, untouched beauty that has made it one a top travel destination for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Nepal is the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became known as Buddha. However the majority of Nepalis are Hindu, with a smaller population of Buddhists.
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Have I mentioned how excited I am?! I have SO much more information, because well- you know me...  In fact, I’m planning on either going a few days early or a staying a few days longer to see more of the sights. I mean, come on, how many times am I going to be in Nepal?!

I’ll probably be blogging about this trip a lot over the next few months so that I can keep all of you as excited as I am! Plus, you know I’ll be writing and taking lots of pictures while I’m there. The thing is I need your help to get there! The cost of this trip is almost double what my last Habitat trip was, and I am NOT flying standby to Nepal so I’ll be purchasing an airline ticket myself. The funds that you donate are entirely tax deductible and primarily go to help purchase supplies we’ll need to build. Please click this link below to visit my fundraising page! Thank you all for your support!

Bida paau (No idea how to pronounce it but it means “Goodbye” and I’m trying to practice)


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Song of the Day

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's no secret that I love the music group Pentatonix. I listen to their albums constantly and often have their VEVO playing in the back ground at work. I don't have a favorite member because they are all so special in their own ways but, these two. These two.  Besties from Dallas who love singing together as much as we all love listening.

Honestly, I'm not a super fan of Beyonce's new album. There are some songs that stand out but for the most part it sounds like a more talented Rihanna, not Bey-Bey. At some points it actually sounds like she's trying to have an accent like Rihanna!  Don't even get me started on the actual content of the songs... Ugh.  Nevertheless, this video is a fabulous mashup of all the songs on Bey's new album and it's incredible! Also, Beyonce herself called this video "flawless" on Facey so yeah... kind of a big deal.

In conclusion, I love PTX, the new Beyonce album is "meh" but Mitch and Scott make it "flawless". Watch it on repeat, subscribe, and buy all of the PTX albums and songs on iTunes.



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