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Maya Sherpa: Story of the first Nepali woman to scale Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Baruntse, Khan Tengri

When Maya Sherpa was a little girl in a village in the hilly district of Okhaldhunga, she often saw her father and uncles guide foreigners on treks. When the men returned, they would bring new clothes and delicacies for their families. Maya had heard of villagers who had forged lasting friendships with trekkers. There were […]

How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters?

How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters? And what might this teach us about the relationship between our moods and sunlight?   The inhabitants of Rjukan in southern Norway have a complex relationship with the sun. “More than other places I’ve lived, they like to talk about the sun: when it’s coming back, if […]