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Saving the World, One Vacation at a Time

April 9th, 2008 by · No Comments · Asia, India

Today, Nepal held a historic election. Jimmy Carter headed up some sort of committee to oversee it’s success. The British tossed in fourteen million dollars and the world over sent delegates and goodwill.

I haven’t done all my homework, but there seems to be a monarch, a Maoist fugitive rebel revolutionary, and everything inbetween.

There are a lot of pissed off factions. The monarchy can’t even vote for themselves because they didn’t realize they needed to register. In the months leading up to the elections, there have been bombs, fires, drive-by anger and a handful of walkup candidate assassinations.

Naturally, the election was declared a major success. In what scattered news I could accrue, there was one stolen ballot box, twelve voting centers closed down, one voting booth set ablaze, one candidate assassination, and countless black-eyes and scuffles (I presume).

We are going to Nepal. I want photos, she wants to donate her time to third world medicine. Perhaps we’ll dedicate future time to participate in the democratic process, running a fire-proof voting booth, for example.

Perhaps we can save the world, one vacation at a time.

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