Tipsy and Besotted
This is my last night in Nepal, and I am besotted with this country and its people. I wish I could stay and stay here for a while, getting my balance and living my life. There are always parallel lives we could live, with different people in other places than the ones we live right now. There are parallel partners and adjacent happiness, and I sometimes wonder what would happen if I took other paths. I have greatly enjoyed spending time working with friends I have known for years.
The fireplace is roaring with rich orange flames, and a dozen people are absorbed in watching Octopussy as smoke seeps into the lobby. I will come down in an hour and wait for my friends to take me on a farewell dinner. Tomorrow, I fly to Bangkok.