Author of Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia

Cary’s update from Nepal and South Korea!

Cary is in China now as you read this, and I am in Manitou Springs, Colorado! Both our last two weeks have been eventful, but I dare say that hers were more interesting. On the eve of her departure to Chengdu, we WhatsApp video called from our respective locations around the world…me with Martha, and Cary with Shawo Choeten, whom she was visiting in South Korea. (Cary and Shawo were wearing masks because Cary had a cold.)

Here is a little news from Cary…

I spent a very focused week at the Shechen Guest House in Boudhanath doing kora and studying Tibetan. Very focused! I visited Pasang Lama and his lovely family and gave them a gift from Mom. We’ve known them since the girls were toddlers and now they are very smart middle-schoolers.

Happy to have finally arrived at the Seoul airport!

Because of a flight cancellation, getting to Seoul from Kathmandu was as grueling as the week in Boudha was relaxing and restorative. What would have been simple turned into a 2 1/2 day ordeal, 3 flights, changing airports in Chengdu, and an overnight on a bench in the Beijing Airport for 9 hours. My immune system, great in Nepal, wasn’t up to the stress of hopscotching across China, and I caught a cold.

But that didn’t stop me from enjoying my visit with Shawo Choeten, whom I’ve known since his first days at the TCV School in Suja, back in 2008. Shawo just received his Masters from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, and is now taking a gap year before continuing on to get his Ph.D.

Besides working on a paper that he will be presenting at a conference in Oxford, England, this summer, Shawo also teaches Tibetan online to Korean students.

We have spent hours conversing about life, culture, language, and society and also enjoying many tea houses, coffee shops,, and restaurants along the way.

I’ll be coming back through Seoul, again, after my month in Chengdu. I have no idea what the internet situation will be with Wifi access and blocked websites. I’ll let you know in January! Sending love to all of you!







  1. Anna

    What a great report!

  2. Thank you Meg for relaying the photos and information and stories from Cary’s trip in China and Korea!… Wonderful!

  3. Wendy Ashford

    Lovely photos! Cary must be having a great time. You look great Meg. Glad you made it to Colorado safely. .

  4. Nancy Quickstad

    Dear Meg,
    Thank you for keeping me in the loop with Cary’s adventures. She does get around, I’m totally amazed with her knowledge and adventure world wide. All is well here, last week played in the Andrew Peterson ‘s Behold the Lamb of God. The story of Christ in a contemporary musical setting with tricky rhythms . Had to practice!
    Enjoy your time with family in Colorado. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Stay well.

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