Yesterday was the last day of my home stay. The family took me to visit White Gumba, a monastery up in the mountains. It was a very early start, I woke at 5.30am and we were on the road by 6.30am. We had a 2 hour uphill walk to the monastery. It was a stinking hot day (it is starting to get very hot now in Nepal unlike when I first arrived), so I was glad we started so early.
The walk was very tiring, but again worth it to see another impressive monastery and the great views of Kathmandu.
On the descent we stopped for a picnic. We ate rice krispies and spicy chick peas osf a newspaper. It was a very yummy combination. In the middle there was a bit of excitement because they thought a monkey was going to steal our snacks, but it came to nothing. Also on route we had fresh watermelon from a street vendor.
When I got back to the home stay I packed my bags and said farewell to the family. I felt quite sad to say my ‘good byes’; the last 2 weeks have been an amazing experience and they have been very kind including me in their family. The sweetest thing is the children call me Auntie :o)