Welcome to the March 2023 edition of The Institutional Researcher.
Dear newsletter readers
After the last edition of the newsletter, I had the pleasure to attend my friend’s wedding in Kathmandu. What a wonderful opportunity to be present to see my friend marry his sweetheart in a traditional Nepalese ceremony.
During my stay in Kathmandu, I had the opportunity to visit some of the nearby cities. One place I enjoyed visiting was Bhaktapur, one of 3 medieval cities in the Kathmandu valley. The city is a mixture of a Hindu and Buddhist population. Unfortunately, in April 2015 the ‘city of culture’ was destroyed during a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, causing loss of life and terrible devastation of some of the historically important temples. Nevertheless, the city has been steadily getting back on its feet and is now one of the most valuable historical cities in Nepal.
Although it was sad seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake, it was fascinating to see how a developing country was rebuilding a lot of its culture, mostly by hand, and with none of the technology we currently experience.
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Photo of Bhaktapur, Nepal by Andrew Bradshaw
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