Thamel is busy and noisy, and an incredible place to buy souvenirs and gifts for friends and family, while also learning the unique art of haggling. We got quite good at, as a team, haggling with many of the storeowners (within reason), and everybody was quite pleased with the various jewelry, clothing, and trinkets we brought back.
For lunch, we had our last momos and daal bhat at a restaurant in town, and took a final taxi ride back to the house in Kathmandu. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to the new friends we had made from different universities and other countries around the world, but it was an eventful two weeks, and our return to school was inevitable. We had a great last dinner with the sisters and the others staying with the Mountain Fund, and spent the night lounging around together and packing up to leave in the morning. I am so grateful for this first time getting the lay of the land in Nepal, and figuring out what Swastha Nepal's role will be there in the future. Dhanyabaad, Nepal, and can't wait to be seeing you again! - Lillian