Monday, 7 November 2016
The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Mₛ and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by powerful aftershocks had hit Nepal, leaving more then 9 thousand dead and destroying more than 6 hundred thousands houses. A year later of that mega destructive quake, people are still living in tents.Although little progress has been made in rebuilding the many homes destroyed as a result of the quake, aid agencies in the country are helping the population to rebuild their lives. One of those organisations is the UK based Catholic aid agency CAFOD. The agency and its partners, were on the front line in the immediate aftermath of the disaster reaching hundreds of thousands of people with vital aid, including food, shelter and hygiene and sanitation kits and warm materials to help them through the winter. Director of CAFOD’s partner Caritas Nepal, Fr. Silas Bogati said that the Caritas Confederation has reached out to 350 thousand people.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.