An Adventure of a Lifetime

Nothing Can Compare
By Joseph P. Lewandowski

In all the countries, the natural beauty was astounding and the historic relics intriguing. But most fascinating was to be drenched by the foreign cultures, to spend so much time with people from other lands.

Parisians sit down in cafes to drink their coffee—none of this running out with a paper cup. The Spanish close their businesses in the afternoon to take time for family and food and rest.

The people who live in the mountains of northern Nepal have so little, but somehow they find so much to smile about.

Every day served up a sensual feast; and every day was a test. There were down times. Sometimes we longed for American conveniences. Occasionally I drifted into emotional panic about the money. But in those unsettling moments I asked myself: "So how would it feel if you called off this adventure right now?"

My spirit always moved swiftly to provide the answer: "That would not be possible. Nothing can compare with this."

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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