I embraced three friends slightly teary...we are all realizing...I'm going for a long time. My friend Diane said there is nothing to get emotional about...you need this trip..you need this sabbatical for your work (painting). Michael displayed his international weather channel and exclaimed that yesterday it was 74 in Kathmandu. Nyri sent beautiful Bon Voyage hearts in an email. Ethan and Peter have been supportive on a ton of levels. Becca promises to help me ship supplies if I feel destitute and unable to work with what's there. Huge shout out to Gina and Miranda for living with my hesitation in one breath and my full steaming ahead in the next breath. I'm new to Facebook and it's actually feeling quite fun and grounding to be able to communicate with you all. Thanks!