Jennifer S. Alderson schrijft over een idealistische vrijwilligster in Nepal die per ongeluk verstrengeld raakt met een internationale bende van smokkelaars die denken dat zij hun diamanten heeft gestolen. (Engelstalig)
Overworked computer programmer Zelda Richardson is teetering on the edge of burnout. Inspired by a girlfriend’s trip around the world, she sublets her apartment in Seattle, Washington, buys a backpack and flies to Kathmandu as a volunteer English teacher – determined to make a difference and find herself whilst doing it.
She can’t wait to immerse herself in Nepalese life – wear a Sari, eat with her right hand and wipe with her left – but becomes overwhelmed by its foreignness. Despite the power outages, lack of running water and difficulty in learning the language, she sticks it out, wanting to prove to her friends and family – but mainly to herself – that she can survive without the luxuries of home.
One distraction is the charming Ian, the sexy Australian backpacker whom she gets to know on arriving in Nepal. When her students laugh her out of the classroom and the headmaster publically humiliates her, Zelda flees to the tourist district of Thamel to drown her sorrows with Ian. What follows is every traveler’s nightmare as they find themselves entangled with an international gang of smugglers who believe Ian and Zelda have stolen their diamonds.
Can Zelda find a way to get the smugglers off their backs and her Nepalese students to respect her, before her time in Kathmandu is over?
Jennifer S. Alderson, Museumstudies cum laude 2008, werkte als website ontwikkelaar in Seattle maar verruilde haar baan voor een lange reis door Azië en Midden-Amerika met de rugzak. Ze woont en werkt nu in Amsterdam.
Down and Out in Kathmandu. CreateSpace