My name is Liam Anderson and I initially decided to put this site together for a couple of reasons. I had wanted to revisit Nepal since 2006 but for one reason or another it didn’t happen. There were also some other things I wanted to do with my life that I hadn’t got round to yet. I decided towards the end of 2011 to go back to Nepal in 2012, which seemed to work as a catalyst for the other things I wanted to achieve. I felt that a blog was a good place for me to pull this all together.
I travelled back to Nepal in 2012 and then again in April 2015 with my son Jack. We missed the earthquake by 1 week, which had a lasting effect on us as we had left friends behind in Nepal. This event was my ‘call to action’ and I decided to try to make a difference in Nepal.
I grew up in Greenock but I’m currently living in the neighbouring town of Gourock on the west coast of Scotland. I’ve spent most of my life living in this part of the world, but have always liked to travel and see new places. I’ve been fortunate to have visited some wonderful places over the years; however it was when I visited Nepal for the first time in 2002 that I discovered a completely new type of travel experience.
Greenock was a decent enough place to grow up with lots of interesting history. The town expanded rapidly through the 18th and 19th century and became wealthy as a result of trade with the Americas and from shipbuilding. Evidence of this wealth can still be seen in the large villas of Greenock’s West End, one time home to the ship owners, industrialists and investors.
Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s was absolutely fine without all the things we take for granted today.
I remember climbing trees being a big thing for us kids in those days and getting shouted in for your tea. We played football at every opportunity and made our own skateboards out of old roller skates and planks of wood. Skateboarding had exploded as a craze in the USA at the time but hadn’t reached the UK yet. I also remember my brother David and I getting our first calculators and digital watches, which had only just been introduced to the UK.
All a far cry from today, all smartphones and Facebook. My son Jack was 18 years old in April 2012 and like all his friends has grown up with modern technology all around. This now influences every aspect of our lives, from the way we communicate to how we choose to spend our spare time.