My last day at site, a neighbor came by my house and told me to go with her to see an American that had come. I was really confused why an American would come to my village, but I went. It was a guy who had come with a Nepali woman. As soon as I heard him speak, I knew he was from England! lol Apparently, he was a volunteer with a British organization for 6 months about 17 years ago. He, 2 other English women, a Nepali man, and 2 Nepali women were placed there and worked with the higher secondary school by my house.
They started a library there and started a Green Club that is still active today! The Nepali volunteers with them were like the counterparts that Peace Corps encourages us to find in our village. Great timing for him to come for a visit, eh? It had been the first time that he had been back since he left 17 years ago. Apparently, only one house had electricity at the time, buildings ended at the slight bend in the road, and the road was not as wide. Everything else was the same. He was only able to visit a short time, but did get to walk around the area.
The next day - I left. I teared up when my didi gave me spices so I could make my favorite chutney when I got back to the States. She went with me to the district capital and helped me grab a taxi to the bigger city nearby. I got there to discover a volunteer I had been sad that I wasn't going to see was there at the same time as me! We got to spend time together before we parted ways the following morning. After being sick that day and being able to rest on the bus to the capital, I arrived a little early for my final week in Nepal.
I left a little early so I could visit my PST family. This time, I remembered to get in contact with them before I just showed up! lol I got to spend time with my ama, bais, and the other families that hosted us for training 2 years ago. I didn't get to see everyone, but I visited who I could before I had to return back to the capital and complete a bunch of paperwork. A"S" and C"S" were with me as we all went through the list of things we needed to complete. It took a couple days since some things needed to be processed before continuing on.
The next day, A"S" went off to go trekking. C"S" and I hung out that day watching the elections. We gumued around the capital and got on a micro that dropped us off in a place with the same name as what we wanted, but wasn't actually where we knew. After walking around a bit and running into an interesting situation, we took a cab back. It's fitting that C"S" and I shared a room together her last night in Nepal. She and I were roommates in Chicago before our flight the next day. Now, she has left and I don't leave until tomorrow evening.
It's time for me to take a moment to breathe. I'm surprised I haven't cried yet, but I'm fairly certain it will happen on my plane rides. Things have a tendency to hit me later on. Right now - it doesn't feel like my last day in Nepal. My mind has been busy as I have been thinking about what I need to do next as each day brings something I need to complete. It's come to the point where everything I needed to do is finished. All that is left is waiting!