Look what arrived in the mail today!

A parcel from Nepta, Joe and Emma in Co Galway with two special edition bags of TAYTOs in celebration of St Patrick’s Day – complete with Tricolour and shamrocks!  As Gaeilge” too no less!  (this means all the writing on the packaging is in the Irish language).  Thank you guys, you are just brilliant! xo xo xo.

A tad late arriving but I think Canada Post considers Bowen Island to be like the Outer Hebredies, too remote for regular access … when in fact it is just a 45mins water taxi run from Coal Harbour, Vancouver to Snug Cove, Bowen Island.  But I digress …

Anyone who know me knows my favourite crisps (known as chips in North America) are cheese & onion  flavoured Taytos.  You just can’t go wrong.  They are only available on the island of Ireland, hence my excitement.  Maggie Muldoon even brought me some from Ireland to Kathmandu last December – bliss!  I even shared them with my Nepalese friends which might be a first.  There are some things you just do not share.

I’m about to tuck into a bag now and will keep the second bag for Easter Sunday morning …. far better than any Easter Egg!


About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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