Akha language has no word for goodbye. & they live on mountains, so when you leave the village you tell people that you are 'going down the hill' instead of saying a literal 'goodbye'.
From Aki's camera:
From the cat's camera:
Who is she busy SMS-ing...?
Trying to prevent the other cat from leaving:
Much more cheerful & much less tearful than in 2004:
Gift for Aki from Big Mama: