Sunday, July 22, 2012
It was the first or second night that I THOUGHT I had a little roommate - I figured it was a little lizard like last time - they are kind of neat but creepy at the same time. They are a funny yellow color and have sucker toes so they walk up the walls and fall off on a regular basis. This roommate seemed a little faster than a lizard. After staying up later than I should and then getting myself ALL freaked out about what it might be, I finally saw that it was a little mouse. Not my favorite but he seemed a little more terrified of me so we came to an agreement. I hung all my stuff that I didn’t want him to bother on a hanger on the wall and zipped it tight. I also took all of the things that might be confused for food down to the kitchen. He ate a boarding pass. Seemed fair enough.
When I arrived I was so excited to see the girls - Lama Tenzin had told me he was bringing the older girls to the airport to meet me. The new airport is really nice and pretty big - the girls were waiting outside of Door 6, I came out of door 6..they were “upside” Door 6, I was “downside”... took me a while to find an elevator, find my way, and find the girls. It was fun to sneak up on them from behind though and ask..”whacha lookin’ for?”
We spent the first night in Delhi at Hotel Ama and were planning on doing some shopping the next day. It was pretty much too hot to shop so we headed to Dehra Dun. We did stop at an Indian version of Sam’s Club on the way, Lama Convinced the guy to let us in without a membership. He loves wholesale prices - loves them! We bought some stuff for our trip, stuff for the kids, and Tang. Lama loves to drink Tang - should have figured..it is orange!
So, I am back home and I can finally add more to my blog... there is a whole story about lack of internet, a broadband device that the Punjabi guy PROMISED would work as far north as the TATA trucks go (which is as far north as there is), the difficulty of carrying a laptop around and finding wireless, and how I finally had internet the night I returned to CED which was the day before I left to come home.
With all of that being said, I apologize to those of you who were waiting for an update of any kind and found yourself with nothing. I will now do my best to share with you my amazing, horrifying, lovely, dirty, exhausting and energizing trip to India to visit those wonderful, wonderful children.