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NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME
A Himalayan adventure travel memoir with a humanitarian twist
BY PATTI SHALES LEFKOS
Will be available in bookstores soon
ebook version available soon
Distributed by Red Toque Books
NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME is story of facing fears, taking risks and discovering the endless possibilities for meaningful connections and service in a developing country.
About to turn sixty-eight, Patti’s life was disintegrating. Leaving behind her injured husband she packs her bags and heads back to Nepal, this time on her own. Solo travel forces her to surmount daunting hurdles – both physical and emotional. Volunteering in remote Ratmate village presents unforeseen challenges and a visit to nearby Aprik offers a life-changing opportunity. While trekking in the rugged, roof of the world forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang she realizes her strength and determination when injured in an isolated cave monastery. Along the way, conversations with fascinating monks, teachers, and entrepreneurs provide insight into how best to serve the children of Nepal.
This is a story for both active and armchair travellers, particularly anyone who is afraid to travel alone, yet still longs to leap out of their comfort zone, immerse themselves in a new language and culture and truly make a difference in the lives of others.
PRAISE for NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME
“Both an inspirational travel memoir and a story of personal re-awakening, Nepal One Day At A Time speaks to all of us who at mid life are seeking to make a difference by seeking “the alternate path.”
As both an educator and “wilderness travel junkie” myself, I was immediately drawn into Patti Shales Lefkos’ finely crafted story of stepping out of her comfort zone and travelling, as a solo woman, to a remote part of the world to ‘realize her true self” while seeking a greater purpose. Faced with myriad reasons why not to go, Patti pushes the doubts aside and takes the leap. I found myself relating closely to Patti’s personal journey, to her fears, joys and her drive to discover the infinite possibilities within herself, within others and ultimately, within community.
Her compelling personal story captures the essence of what it means to truly live a life of full of intention and reminds us all that it is never too late to chart a new course towards a life of greater purpose.”
Sarah Wiley ~ Executive Director for Outward Bound Canada
“Women of all ages will love Patti’s engaging and inspirational story of facing her fears of lone adventure travel in the Himalaya, where she finds fulfillment as a volunteer and leaves the incredible legacy of a new school in a remote Gorkha village destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. A solid and satisfying pick for armchair travellers, book club discussion groups and those eager to step out of their comfort zones for rewarding excursions in developing countries.”
Bobbie Jo Reid ~ Managing Editor for INSPIRED Magazine
“Patti’s dedication as a citizen of the world and a Rotarian is a fine example of how Rotarians are People of Action. From her vision, she has connected individuals and organizations across the world to develop both bricks and mortar buildings and peace and understanding. She is an inspiration and represents the best of Rotary.”
Dr. Carmen Larsen ~ President for Kalamalka Rotary, 2019-2020. Vernon, British Columbia. District 5060.
Click to listen to Patti’s interview on Daybreak South with Chris Walker
“Her compelling personal story captures the essence of what it means to truly live a life full of intention and reminds us all that it is never too late to chart a new course towards a life of greater purpose.”
Caitlin Clow, Vernon Morning Star
“Nepal One Day at a Time tells the story of how the Vernon resident’s hiking trip ended up with her founding a not-for-profit organization, joining Kalamalka Rotary and raising over a hundred thousand dollars to build the school. More than this, Shales Lefkos said the book is about inspiration and what a person can achieve.
“The rewards are incredible if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone,” Shales Lefkos said.”
Ben Bulmer, iNfo News.ca
In “Nepal – One Day at a Time,” 70-something author Patti Shales Lefkos makes a personal journey with a transformative outcome – for herself and for the people of a quake-shattered Himalayan village. Confronting personal insecurities and self-doubt, physical fears, and relationship issues, Patti sets off solo to volunteer at a remote school and tackle a grueling hiking route. The resulting well-written narrative will interest a broad spectrum of readers – I’m guessing mostly women – including those tuned to the author’s internal quest and those simply seeking a good travel read. I enjoyed it very much.
Laurie Carter, former editor of Okanagan Life Magazine