Independence Day

July 5, 2012
In America, July 4th is spent celebrating our independence and my grandmother's birthday, BBQing, hanging with friends and family, spending time up north along with many many other American traditions. Fireworks, humidity, beach time and all.

This year I spent the day rehearsing our play 'True West' (with a bunch of Nepalis) and saying goodbye to a good friend (who incidentally is British, not American). I also spent the day reflecting on how lucky I am to have become independent here in Nepal. Living in America is so easy for many ways...electricity all the time, water all the time, easy to acquire and consume products, available technology. I didn't have to learn some of the things that I have learned here and I sure wasn't lucky/ courageous enough to live on my own.

Living on my own has given me an appreciation for the silence, for the cooking, for the ability to have created a sanctuary, and for the understanding of how much I love my own company. That being said, the loneliness can be all-consuming and all-encompassing and sometimes all I long for the sound of someone's voice other than my own. But that had made me stronger.

Rehearsing this play and hosting people at my apartment has also shown me my ever-growing independent streak. I can be a good host. I can provide shelter for friends. I have also gotten over the fear of being embarrassed by my modest apartment. Its my own apartment is what has impressed people, and its been two years in creation. It has become a home.

In this next chapter in my life I look forward to retaining some of that independence though I'm guessing I won't be able to live alone for many a moon. I will strive to create a sanctuary of my own wherever I am and to take the independence that I have gained and apply it to a new setting and a new situation.

Happy Independence Day.


 

Nepali Summertime

June 18, 2012
The summer time in Nepal is an enigma to me. Each time right before the monsoon starts I have left to head back to the wonderful American summer.

Today was officially the first week day of my summer vacation. It was a beautiful day filled with rainy sleep, black coffees, swimming and a two hour nap. I bought vegetables and my hands smelled of coriander and basil and laundry soap.

I will miss many things in America this summer but I intend to fully enjoy my possibly final time living in such a...

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Fast Cars and Freedom

May 20, 2012
Anywhere in the world summer has a beautiful, fresh and vibrant quality.
Here in Nepal the summers are hot and fragrant, intermixed with cooling downpours.
Summer makes everyone smile, makes everyone want to sit outside with a beer in the backyard.
This will be one of the only summers that I will be missing the majority of in the USA and I already know the things I'm going to miss:
    -Being in a car with the windows down listening to some tunes
    -Sitting with my mom in the backyard playing...

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Nepali Difficulties

May 16, 2012
Nepali difficulties- no constitution, people wanting to change the name of the country, strikes, strikes and more strikes. And policeman with sticks and automatic rifles. I hope things calm down soon, though I cannot guarantee it. Happy summer. And as my cousin so aptly said, 'despite being in the future, Nepal really is far behind.'



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Another Beginning

May 15, 2012
It would have been smart to do this when I first moved to Nepal amidst the smells and the sounds and the newness of it all. But unfortunately time has slipped away into hand-written journals, love, laughter and just existing. It is an equally exciting time though. Just as I was new to Nepal in early 2009, I will renew my American roots.

Moving back to America has been a difficult decision but an exhilarating one. Living abroad since 2008 (Obama's whole presidential term) I feel as if I have lo...

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Hannah G. Lilly Nepal, reading, plays, youth, tattoos, adventures, routine, theatre, prison arts, tulips, turquoise, seafood, all things American, family and friends and a whole lot more.

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