Out of the mountains and back to the city. I’m feeling a bit melancholy this morning. Trekking through the Himalayas for the past two weeks was absolutely magical and now the adventure is just memories and photographs. The end of the trek also marks the close of my Dragon’s semester. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise; I’ve had three months to prepare. For me, the goodbye should be easier than it will be for my fellow travelers and friends. I’ll be staying in Nepal for another five months working on an organic farm, trekking, and visiting friends that I’ve made during these past three months. I don’t have to say goodbye to Nepal yet, but I do have to say goodbye to the people I’ve been sharing this experience with. Strangers turned friends. Even family. I’ve been traveling around Nepal with sixteen amazing individuals and they truly have become like family.
True, saying goodbye isn’t easy, but with every goodbye comes a hello. I’m about to start a new chapter for my time in Nepal. I’ll be on my own, a terrifying and exhilarating notion. Although I’m nervous about navigating Nepal by myself, this country no longer feels foreign. I know a little bit of the language, I know how to catch a bus, make a call, and find my way. Above all, I know that I’m not really on my own. I have a network of people here in Nepal who I can always go to for help and advice. Even beyond Nepal, I have a tremendous support system that loves me, cares for me, and believes in me. They’re the reason I’m in Nepal.
Thank you Mom, Dad, and Libby. I can’t wait to share this incredible adventure with you. It’s just begun!