It was a goodbye, probably my last, to a place on earth where I’ve felt the deepest serenity: cabin number six at Hotel Fewa, overlooking the lake by Mike’s Breakfast. Here’s my peaceful, private balcony, upper right:
Surya and his sons joined me for breakfast on my last day. I met Surya and Ramesh during my first visit eleven years ago to Mike’s, where they were both working as waiters. Surya helped care for Mike during his last years of failing health in Nepal.
After breakfast, I headed to Ramesh’s house for the tearful goodbyes between the extended family and Laxmi and Rahel, mother and son, who will return with me to Washington on Tuesday, March 20. There, they’ll join Ramesh, husband and father, after a separation of several years. In this picture, Laxmi and Rahel receive a farewell blessing in front of Ramesh’s photo:
Here’s a shot of the sad group. Ramesh’s mother (red sweater) is seated. Lazmi’s mother (also in a red sweater) is standing: