The one frustrating thing about the end of this trip was trying to make it back for a meeting with ICIMOD and fortunately they were happy to reschedule. This morning I gave a brief presentation of my recent research and some preliminary results from our fieldwork, which was finished off by a brief overview of our bigger project goals by Milan. The presentation was very well attended and received, so a big thank you to those at ICIMOD who came out today. We continued the conversation over lunch at ICIMOD’s cafeteria, which was absolutely delicious. A special thanks to Pradeep Mool for organizing the meeting.
After the meeting, we took the car over to Boudhanath. Boudhanath is a huge stupa that was constructed a long time ago. I am kicking myself as I never made it there on my previous trips and unfortunately it suffered a great deal of damage during the earthquake and is in the process of being reconstructed. Nonetheless, it was a miraculous site to see and I will certainly make sure I return after the reconstruction is completed. Back in the hotel today is really a day of catch up and planning. I’ll be taking a bit of time in Europe to celebrate finishing my PhD, so I’m incredibly excited to get some rest. It’s hard to believe that just yesterday morning I was still in the mountains and tomorrow afternoon I’ll be on a flight to Spain. Fortunately, having a day here allows me to get my laundry done! It has truly been one wonderful trip and I was so fortunate to have a great team. To all those who were involved, especially those in my immediate group who I spent the last month with, we certainly accomplished a lot and I can’t thank you guys enough for your support. Also, for those who have been following along with me on this excursion I also appreciate your support from afar! It’s been my first endeavor into actively blogging on a trip and it’s made things quite reflective and enjoyable. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time!