1. Why?

This first chapter introduces the author and her reasons for living in Suri. Her return visits some 20 years later are set within the context of political developments over the intervening period, notably Nepal’s civil conflict (1996 – 2006). The impact of the conflict on the people of Suri is, however, left for description in chapter 3.

Why does a young Western woman choose to live in a Nepalese village for over a year, far from contact with friends, family and the comforts of modern life? In fact there are many foreigners who have made a similar choice, although it becomes less and less easy to find such remoteness anywhere in the world. Still, if the choice I made over 20 years ago needs an explanation, a brief encounter made recently on a train cruising towards Zürich airport perhaps helps to provide one…..