A Tale of Three Temple Restorations in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley

The fully restored Boudhanath Stupa today, perhaps the most successful of the temple restorations in Nepal

In April, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people and injured up to 22,000. The worst damage occurred in Gorkha, an area located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Within minutes, entire villages crumbled to the ground. Roads and other infrastructure were so damaged that rescue … Read more

Nepal After the Earthquake: Life Goes On Amid Corruption and Political Paralysis

Kathmandu's Durbar Square, where life in Nepal afer the earthquake goes on as usual. This woman still sells corn kernels to fee the ubiquitous pieons that flood the old palace grounds.

Six months after the temblor, I flew into Kathmandu to see for myself what life was like in Nepal after the earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless. I knew that my adopted family and friends had all survived, but the images of destruction that had been plastered across the … Read more

How to Help Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Survivors by Giving to Japanese Organizations

My friend Todd Wassel was on the ground in Japan during the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami, visiting his wife’s family. Although his family was all safe and sound, they watched the news reports in horror as the tragedy unfolded. Todd also happens to be a conflict resolution specialist for the United Nations; as such he … Read more

New Zealand is Open for Business

Visiting New Zealand after the earthquake

Sometimes, I think Chicken Little was right. When I think about the number of disasters, both natural and man-made, that have occurred over the past ten years, it’s easy to believe sky is falling. As a travel writer, I’m especially sensitive to the effects of natural disasters on tourism. Travelers who were planning to visit … Read more