The group has left. Arvind, Kelley, and I stood outside the Royal Plaza Hotel and watched the last bus leave for the airport at 9 pm. We then went back to the lobby of the hotel. Arvind was really sad to say goodbye to the group. At least Kelley and I live in Seattle and we will be able to see everyone from our group easily. We unsuccessfully tried to cheer up Arvind.
He explained, “You see, in two weeks we became a family and now I feel my family has left me.”
After about 15 minutes, Arvind suggested we go up to his room to talk in a more quiet and private space than the lobby. I figured I would stay about another half an hour and then get a taxi to go back to the Likir House where I am staying for the next four nights. When we…
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