2018-2019 ESSAY ENTRY: OF MOUNTAINS AND MEN AND MISADVENTURES BY CYNDI MAE BANDONG

Of Mountains and Men and Misadventures, By Cyndi Mae Bandong

It was a red-eye flight from Shanghai.

The timid early morning rays bounced off the airport floor as I made my way through one gate after another. Queues upon queues of passengers, trying to shake off sleep, lined the glass wall to my right: there were rowdy children being told off by their mothers, fathers who looked exhausted to be even bothered, and then there were those who just wanted the whole ordeal to be over and done with.

I finally reached the gate where I was supposed to board my plane to Kathmandu. Bone-weary and anxious, I walked towards the wall and lightly leaned against it.

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