This morning, with my research wrapped up and my bags packed, I was having tea in my room and preparing to find a taxi to the airport when Mr. Amod called to say that I was needed at the hospital for “an urgent program.” I arrived to find a meeting room filled with all of the doctors I had worked with over the last three weeks, ready to dress me in traditional Nepali garb and bid me farewell. There were flowers, a lot more tea, and good-natured teasing about the vast quantity of dal bhat and chapati that I consumed during my stay. It was all very touching, and I tried my best to relate how much the experience had meant to me.
Now I’m back in Kathmandu and preparing for the return trip to Michigan, incrementally working my way up from a 16-seat prop plane today to substantially larger aircraft en route to a Thursday arrival in Detroit. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone back at Kellogg in a few days!