Wednesday, April 29, 2015

At the mercy of Mother Nature

"You are not alone. I am here. I will not leave you." 

He held my hand and looked firmly into my fearful eyes as the hospital rattled around us. Nurses and interns were running from the building and I was lying on an X-ray table with a large machine swaying above me threatening to drop on my fractured ankle. We were in the middle of a 6.7 earthquake - the second to hit Nepal in two days. He was a young Nepali doctor. I was an injured Aussie far from home. We'd known each other for less than five minutes and yet, true to his word, as the ground continued to shake and the hospital was evacuated he stayed by my side - helping me off the table and into a wheelchair to join the others outside the building. There I wept and wept and wept. 

Never have I felt so helpless. So unable to fend for myself. So at the mercy of Mother Nature. So blown away by a stranger's willingness to stand by my side. I am glad that aid is arriving in Nepal from far and wide...that the people of the world, by donating money to the relief effort, are saying to the people of Nepal:

"You are not alone. We are here. We will not leave you." 

Sunday, April 5, 2015


I'm captioning this pic #Pokhara because it was through the wonders of social media that I connected with filmmaker Jordan. After spending two days in bed, fighting a strong desire to vomit (no idea what bug I have but it has not been fun), it was nice to have some company on the rooftop of my guesthouse yesterday. I even managed to sing a song, kindly captured on camera by Jordan, which you can view below.

Be sure to check out more of Jordan's website here for more fun travel videos....he is all about documenting the smiles, not the fear!