Or2k, a popular vegetarian café in the heart of Pokhara, Nepal has returned to normalcy. Trekkers, who recently returned from hiking along the Annapurna mountain range, race to the bottom of their banana lassies, young backpackers glue their attention to their wifi-enabled devices, a hip Nepali DJ plays remixes of classic Bob Marley tracks. But despite the semblance of business as usual, two words buzz through the minds of the restaurant’s international clientele: what now?
In the wake of the 7.8-magnitude quake that hit Nepal last Saturday, many travelers feel stuck — not by an inability to leave the country, but by an inability to help its inhabitants. Kathmandu certainly doesn’t need a barrage of well-intentioned volunteers who lack the necessary disaster relief skills to make a sizable difference, further depleting the city’s food, water, and shelter supplies.
As I sat in Or2k eating my shawarma wrap with a side of ketchup…
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