In 1982 I took a sabbatical from teaching at Stanford to circumnavigate the globe. The trip took a year and a half and centered mainly on countries in Asia. I spent nearly two months in Nepal, three months in Indonesia (studying dance and mask carving on Bali), a few months on the beaches of Thailand and several months in Japan. I kept journals of my wanderings and spiritual questioning.
Today I was working on a story about a meditation experience I had in October, 1982 and I pulled out one of the journals. To my surprise I found this watercolor of the Kathmandu Valley painted from a perch of the Kopan Monastery near Bodinath. I can't remember how I happened to have paints with me, but sure enough this painting was there. It pulls my memory to a very happy time.