Gosh, it’s been forever since I last blogged! So much has been going on, and I’m afraid I have the tendency to try to catch up on every little detail. Which would be exhausting for me AND for you well-meaning readers who just can’t spend the time reading bi-weekly “books.”
Therefore, here are some snippets of things I’ve experienced the past two weeks:
-Housemate dinners replete with worship music, prayer, sharing of our testimonies, Thai food, and mosquito murdering.
-Waking up to street dogs and fruit vendors and the Nigerian church, which dedicatedly meets for LOUD worship music at least three days a week.
-Taking my students on a nature walk, discussing integrity of design and using God’s best creation as inspiration for our own
-Trying to teach my housemate Jup how to say the word “flirt”. It’s hard since she interchanges “L” and “R” on a regular basis. It usually comes out as “fart.”
-Going to the crazy-big tourist market to look for suppliers of silver and stones.
-Trying to buy stones from a creepy Indian salesman who wanted to charge $10 for Chalcedony cabochons. If you didn’t know, that is MADDENINGLY outrageously overpriced, especially since he thinks he’s a wholesaler. (I’m seething with disgust and anger as I write)(WAIT, I’m a missionary I can’t do that). Don’t worry, I got him down to an almost reasonable price. I was very sweet about it too.
-Finding a NICE Indian salesman with better quality stones and prices and a nice smile.
-Experiencing a Thai massage in which the massage therapist did Yoga while pretending that I was the floor mat and/or yoga ball.
-Running with friends in the neighborhood, getting weird looks from neighbors and street dogs.
-Being scared to ask little questions, like “How come there is no toilet paper, no soap, AND no hand towel?!?!?!?!”
-Learning the life-stories of my students, and meeting their sweet kiddos.
-Playing soccer after school with some of the students and children.
-Comparing bruises and other battle scars the next day!
-Constantly having pollution boogers
-Getting air-conditioning in class and no longer being grumpy!
-Taking cold showers. Begrudgingly at first, and then on purpose.
-Watching my students teach each other and holding back laughter and tears of joy!
-Randomly finding a pizza parlor a short walk from home.
-Being hug-attacked by a tiny 3 year old boy I had never met before. Gosh, when babies do that I just MELT.
Well, I’ll update more later.
Thanks for keepin’ up with me!