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Sarah and Walko standing outside on a cold day in Pittsburgh

January 3, 2014

Holidays!

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We made momos. That’s right, amazing momos in western PA with improvised steamer. We made the momos and took them to a Christmas party at Sarah’s aunt’s place on Christmas Eve. It was pretty cool to meet the extended family of Sarah’s, all of whom were super chill and very welcoming. I had a great […]

The Saylor School one-room school house, built in 1887

January 3, 2014

Floods and Steel

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Most people who know Johnstown probably have heard of the great flood of 1889. There was a big flood when a dam broke that resulted in the death of about 2000 people. We went to the Johnstown Flood Memorial site and saw a documentary about the flood. The executives of companies around the area wanted […]

December 18, 2013

Far out west (relatively speaking, of course)

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Pennsylvania is big. It’s really big. I’m so far out from Lafayette and I’m still in PA. The drive to Johnstown was about four hours and I couldn’t believe how the view changes once you get out of Lafayette. It feels good, when you’re seeing snow covered hills in front of you and you’re driving […]

Rijan Maharjan reading a book

July 2, 2013

Saying goodbye to the shadow of the Himalayas

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It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been back on campus. Reflecting on my trip home with Sarah, I’ve come to realize home is a little different than it used to be. I see things differently, I feel differently, and I ask different questions. So many things that I did without thinking, such as eating […]

Sarah Walko presses her handsd together in a pose in front of a temple in Nepal.

May 31, 2013

Across Cultures

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It has been a long time since I slept so well. I pass out by 9:30 – 10:00 pm these days, and wake up around 5:00 – 5:30 am. This feels so different from what I’m used to back in school – going to bed sometime between 1:00 am and 3:00 am, and waking up […]

An airport gate

May 20, 2013

From the airport

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Amazing how the constant time seems to pass slow and fast. It’s already the 20th and I’m sitting here at the airport, ready to board the plane in 45 minutes. It’s exciting to finally go home after about a year and a half, and what’s more is I’m taking a friend with me. Sarah’s getting […]