Saturday, March 21, 2015

January 18 - Last Day in Kathmandu

It's hard to believe that this incredible trip has come to an end. We were lucky enough to be able to spend our last day in Nepal exploring Kathmandu and Thamel, which was a relaxing way to see the city one last time and make sure everybody had bought everything they needed. It was my first time in Thamel, as I had joined the trip late, and I loved seeing how business is done in the shopping district. Shopping districts are always great places to visit in any country, because it reminds you how similar all cultures are when it comes to selling and buying -- buyers are always looking for a bargain and sellers are always trying to peddle their trade profitably.
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

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