Have you ever pondered the distance that separates you from another? It’s not just sheer distance, although that alone is also profoundly limiting. It’s the rarity of direct flight connections. It’s hard enough to fly 13 hours to another city; imagine taking 2, 3 international flights, then a domestic transfer, then a train ride, or rickety bus ride into pockets of this world forgotten by airport developers.
In theory (of globalization), one should be able to draw a line between 2 major cities and find it dotted with accessible places. Even somewhere as commonplace as the Maldives necessitates a stopover in Dubai, from Hong Kong. And Hong Kong, which has thousands and thousands of Nepalese overseas workers, has only a single direct flight to Kathmandu a week. Astonishing.