98 days in Nepal

Hayley Zimak

It is with mixed emotions that I realize that – in two weeks’ time – I will still be sleeping, only to wake up in another bed in another country. Three months in Nepal – 98 days in total – gone so soon. Appreciating symmetry, I’d love to round that number to a solid 100…but I’d rather fly into the UK on a Saturday anyway.

I started in Kathmandu for a week of training (late June) before making the beautiful yet arduous trek to Chitwan for my first group of medical volunteers. Teenagers…together, almost 24/7 – that was the rule. The days were busy and full – hospital visits/runs, afternoon activities, case studies, dinner, bed. It was lonely at times, of course it was. While the local staff was amazing, these Nepali men had families and homes to go to at the end of the day, leaving…me. I remember my first…

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