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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Goodbye Patan

We’re leaving Patan in two days. This chapter of our Nepal trip is closing and a new one is opening. This moment for me is characterized by a mixture of emotions. I’m sad to be leaving my family and the comfortable routine I’ve established here for myself, but I’m also looking forward to the next aspects of the trip. I’m going to miss doing yoga as my ISP and the beautiful program house. I’m also going to miss my home-stay family so much. However, I think I’ve gotten a lot out of my stay here in Patan. While being here, I feel like I’ve overcome some of the fears I previously had, such as living with a family I didn’t know, navigating a new city, bargaining (which I hate), and choosing what to do with my time (I was afraid of having too much freedom and not knowing what to do with it). I’ve learned so much about the Nepali culture, tradition and lifestyle during this time. I’ve also eaten so much good typical food (maybe a little too much). I’m grateful to my home-stay family for being so welcoming, patient and supportive to me. I’m also grateful to everybody I’ve met here and grateful for their welcoming and open spirit. Having said that, I’m looking forward to exploring a new region of Nepal and for the many activities we’re going to have after this.