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On our last day we said farewell to the red panda’s in the zoo, dressed up in Nepali costumes again, for fun photos, then hung out with Lily and Lakpha at the Hot Stimulating Café.
Lily gave us a present of Buddhist beads and pretty bags, and Lakpha put a holy yellow sash over me as a farewell ritual.
Time was running out for us in the mountains, and it pulled at my heart that so soon I would be moving on.
I bought a Tibetan teapot for tea parties back in Europe.
It was copper and brass with a silver lining, and decorations of Garuda.
Mishi phoned up again, sweltering hot in Calcutta, staying at our old haunt in Sudder Street.
The children and I were quite hooked on card games these days, Eleanor being the champion of Pairs, Jai the champion of rummy, and me the champion of Spit.
That exhibited Eleanor’s brilliant memory, Jai’s skill and forethought, and my speed and quick thinking.
We were off to Lily and Lakpha’s café on this day.
I went off to see my Tibetan Lakpha, and he and Lily fed us lots of food and drinks and refused to accept any money from us for them.
Lakpha wanted to shake hands and then hugged me close to him saying I must come and drink chang like we did in olden days.
When I checked the internet there was a long email from Mishi that had me …
I had more attempts at being efficient, confirming our plane journey to Paris, arranging tickets and a hotel booking for Calcutta, all an extravagance for our last few days in India.
We had nice treats of rum balls from Glenarrys.
Phuntsok came up to us on the Mall, happy because I had sent to him the family photo I had taken at the Hawks …