To be quite honest, it doesn't usually last very long. But when I look around and realize that I have grown desensitized it only reawakens my desire to escape my upper-middle-class-mostly-caucasian-doing-pretty-well bubble. I realize that I don't have to go to Nepal to do that, and I anticipate that there will be places in Nepal that feel just as urban and western as cities in the USA; but I am excited that over the next eight months I will be confronted with the relative nature of wealth, poverty, luxury, convenience, wants, and needs.
For instance, the average person in Nepal uses 99.38% less electricity than the average American; makes 97.41% less money and yet has 62.18% more children.*
It will be exhausting.
It will be emotionally challenging.
It will bring new depth to my worldview.
I can hardly wait.
*The facts presented above were found on If It Were My Home a website comparing countries around the world. Use the link to learn more about the United States and Nepal.