Three Cups of Tea

>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

I am in the front row, upper deck of the Megabus right now, headed to NYC for the ICFF. I can't decide if my seat of choice is exciting or terrifying. This is my 5th trip on the ole' Megabus and I just have to say, for $9 and unlimited cannot beat it.

I just finished Three Cups of Tea and wanted to share with you what an amazing book I found it to be. I will admit, I have been reading this book off and on for a year. The first 100 pages were not quite gripping for me. But once I got into the meat of the book, I could not put it down. Greg's Mortenson's life was saved by a Balti porter after nearly freezing to death during an unsuccessful attempt to summit K2. After recovering in their village, and being catered to in a way that most locals had never experienced, Greg promised to return the following year and bring with him the means to provide something that the Balti people had never had...a school. That one school, turned into hundreds,which are now lead by the Central Asia Institute. Greg is a truly inspiring individual.

Along with the schools, the Central Asia Institute has also established several Women's Vocational Centers, where women in remote villages can gather to sew and chat. Sounds like my kind of place right? And I know all of you design lovers out there have seen a lot of this lately...
The women in these villages weave ikat and you will see on the Centrail Asia Institute website that this fabric, which is high on the trend radar here in the States, has come to symbolize strength, beauty, and resilience of the Central Asia communities they serve. I will never look at ikat the same.

I may have a guest blogger or two lined up this week while I am busy bathing myself in modern furniture, stay tuned!

and p.s. this is super last minute, obvioulsy, but if any nyc blogger friends would be interested in meeting for dinner tuesday night, shoot me an email: stephanie.sabbe (at)


Mandy May 16, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

I really got a lot out of that book too. Thanks for sharing the info. about the fabric. You just taught me something new. A long time ago I had a dream of opening a store stocked with imported items like these to help support people groups like the Balti. Maybe someday!Have fun at ICFF!

Lauren May 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

I will have to add this book to my READS. BTW...Still reading EAT PRAY LOVE (keep putting it down). It's slow, but just found out the movie (Julia Roberts) comes out in Aug, so it's motivation. Never in a million years would I do what this gal did...wayyyy outta my comfort zone!

Emily May 16, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

Oh I've heard this is good! I really hope I got you the post in time. Have a fabulous time in NYC!! We will miss you on Tuesday night.

Blueprint Bliss May 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

I'll have to add this to my list! I started reading The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein this afternoon and cannot put it down. I'm half way through....

Blueprint Bliss May 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

Why I put 'dancing' I don't know.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Pregnancy brain... geez.

freesparrow May 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM  

I just looked at his speaking schedule on the CAI website and he will be in NYC this Tuesday! Just thought that since you are there, you might want to go! New York, NY (LB) - American Place Theatre - Literature to Life
American Place Theatre - Literature to Life
The Times Center
New York Times Building
242 West 41st St.
New York, NY 10018

2010 Literature to Life Awards
In conjunction with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project
Live Debut Theatrical Performance of "Three Cups of Tea"
Pre-Sale Tickets Available: 212-594-4482 x18

6PM Live Auction
8PM Theater performance of Three Cups of Tea

I just started this book because my sister read it and loved it! Now I am really excited!

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