It’s not goodbye, just see you later -Nicole Johnson

Our last few days went by so quickly. We had a 6 hour car ride to Pokhara through the hills of Nepal. The views were amazing as we traveled down the road from the top of the hill to the river. Even though the ride was long it was worth it. We filled our time with shopping in between our scheduled visits to clinics and an orphanage. We also found a surprisingly good place for pizza. Who knew?! While we visited the orphanage we learned that the definition of orphan was far different from what we know it to be. Their definition was a child that was in risk, so a child in the orphanage could still have parents but were taken because it was not a safe environment to be in. There were 6 children living in the house and 1 mother that cared for them. We were able to meet the children and hear a little bit about each of them. There were mostly girls in this house with only a couple of boys. The orphanage was supported by some people in Australia. We also were able to see an Ayurvedic clinic. This was a clinic where treatment is based on nature. The doctor was very nice and told us a lot about the background of Ayurveda. We learned that there are 4 parts involved in treatment. Those parts are physical, sensory, mental and spiritual. Balance is an important part of treatment and the goal is to have a person become balanced again. Massage is one of the treatments that are used in the clinic. We were also able to take a boat ride around the river, even though it was raining it was still a lot of fun. On our way out of Pokhara and heading back to Kathmandu the sky was just clear enough to be able to see the Himalayas. We pulled over to the side of the road to take pictures of the mountain range. They looked fake and like they couldn’t be real but we were seeing them in real life. It was quite the experience! On our last night in Nepal we went to dinner at our host’s house and said our last goodbyes and thank you’s. It was a great night as we all got ready together and helped each other out.

As we are home now I can’t believe that it is all over. It seems like we just left. Yet we are home again so soon after just about 2 weeks away. There was a great group that traveled together and there were many moments we spent laughing together over funny situations and jokes made. The trip back home was bitter sweet as we waved goodbye to our amazing guides Geeta and Laxman. We flew from Kathmandu to New Delhi. We then had an 11 hour layover where we spent our time playing cards, walking around the airport and telling stories to each other. We then had a 14 hour flight back to New York. It was good to be back home yet sad to have left the amazing times and things that we had seen and experienced over the last 2 weeks. I had such an amazing time and met so many wonderful people. I can’t explain how thankful I am to have been a part of this trip the first time that it happened. I am hoping that next year I am able to go again. If I am unable to head back to Nepal next year, I am lucky enough to have the memories of this time around and the great people and new friends that I have made. I can honestly say that I have been changed and am truly grateful for what I have here at home. It was a great time and I am sad that it is over. I wouldn’t have picked a better group to have gone with or a better professor to have taken this trip on. Thank you to all!

Namaste.

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