****SO SORRY, WORDPRESS IS NOT LETTING ME FORMAT THE POST AND ALL THE PARAGRAPHS RUN TOGETHER. PRETEND THAT WHEN THERE’S A TOPIC CHANGE, THERE’S ACTUALLY A PROPER NEW PARAGRAPH!**** Thank you, Cipro! Thank you also, those of you who suggested ideas for the kids. They’re so eager and so well-behaved and they love whatever we plan for them. Kathy, by resources I meant that we’re not empty-handed, we can bring materials and supplies that the organization provides for us. I’m excited to try out all of your ideas!On Saturday we did a very simple but very successful activity, we traced the kids’ hands. We showed them bigger/smaller, counted the fingers, taught them some English words related to hands and then they colored them in. The older ones, Babita and Sahil (here in the orange shirt: ) were able to trace their own hands, and did beautiful coloring. Little Namita (this one: ) sat on my lap for almost an hour, drawing tiny circles all over the tracing of her hands. Every once in awhile she’d turn around and say “Hey?” looking for my approval of her drawing. So sweet! Despite my illness, the food here has been amazing. They have their own tandoor and have been making the freshest naan for us. Tonight they went American and we had pizza and those French fries with the Indian spices. Luckily the mountain roads here are so rocky and steep that I’m burning some of it off! Last night some of us went up to McLeod Ganj for dinner. They were having a beautiful march for Tibet with candles lit which we were able to watch for awhile. I had macaroni and cheese for dinner! And Tibetan dumplings, called momos. Afterwards we went to this outdoor bakery where I had the most delicious chocolate sandwich cookie ever. Then we took a hair-raising taxi ride back down the mountain, and all went to bed early, as usual. I am getting SO much sleep here! There’s so much free time to relax on the balcony and read. I feel sometimes almost like I’m on vacation, which is refreshing after the intensity that was Delhi. They both have their good and bad but I’m really happy here. Pictures from yesterday: (I love this one, cheesy sweatshirts for sale outside beautiful Buddhist temple)
Sign in our restaurant that cracked me up: Bakery: I LOVED this sign in the bakery case: And my favorite shot of the day: Coming attractions: Pictures of my house and neighborhood, plus the wonderful Sunday picnic and temple visit we had with CCS staff.