One way ticket

Dear friends,

Friday 29 June 2018 will forever be etched on our memories as it marked the day that we left our adopted country of Nepal to return to the next season in our lives back in the UK.

The weeks leading up to that day had been very busy with a series of programmes to farewell us.  In the last week, the project to pack up our house of 12 years stepped up a gear.  Last Tuesday, Nepali friends came and took most of the large items of furniture such as beds, bookcases and cane wardrobes.  We moved to a nearby guest house as there was nothing to sleep on or cook on left in our flat.  The following day, a shipping company came and took all the personal belongings we are bringing back including books, DVDs, bedding and kitchen equipment.  Thursday was a day to say some final farewells to friends and a family meal out at one of our favourite local restaurants before an early start for the airport on Friday morning.

At TIA

There was something very poignant presenting our one-way ticket at the check-in desk at Tribhuvan International Airport.  For the first time in ages, we have no idea when our next international flight will be and certainly no idea when we will be back in Nepal to visit.

One way ticket

Lucy was amused to see what happened to her guitar which was wrapped in plastic at the airport.  She nicknamed it ‘Frodo’ which will make sense to all you Lord of the Ring fans when you recall what happened in ‘Return of the King’.

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Now we are in Birmingham at the International Mission Centre in Selly Oak.  Our home assignment has started, but we are taking a couple of days to enjoy the summer weather and catch up on the sleep that has eluded us for the last few days.

See you soon!

Cynthia, Ian, Justin and Lucy