Saturday, May 29, 2010
Or, we just sleep, whenever, wherever:
But, thankfully, Xavier has agreed to us accompanying him on a business trip to Sri Lanka. So, watch out beach, here we come! Yippee!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I was lucky enough to tag along on Dorian's final school field trip of the year. His class visited the Doll Museum. It is two rooms lined with dolls from all over the world. In one room, there were the dolls from outside India--Germany, France, U.S., Guatemala, Australia, Spain, so many more countries were represented, too many to list. Then in the second room there were mainly dolls from India as well as some special exhibits set up, like the man on the moon, a jungle scene and a German mountain top railway station. But, my personal favorite was the doll showing how to put on a sari. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed in the museum, but I got a few shots along the way.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I know many new parents hesitate on whether to vaccinate their little ones or not. But, knowing that we travel a lot coupled with finding out we were headed to India, my husband and I said, without hesitation, bring on the vaccines! Well, some good it did us...Arthur's come down with Rubella aka German measles aka 3-day measles. Honestly, I knew nothing about it, except that when I was pregnant I knew I didn't want to catch it. But thanks to our wonderful pediatrician and the internet, I now know a little something. Apparently, it's not all that serious. It starts with a mild fever, then a rash and the lymph nodes are swollen at the back of the head, near the neck. After three days, the rash goes away, hence the 3-day measles name. He's contagious for one week before the rash appears and one week after. Oh boy, now I'm trying to think of all the little kids he's been around in the last week. Luckily (now I can say luckily) he had a fever last week and I kept him home.
Poor spotty tummy:
But, true to its name, 3-day measles, on the third day the spots started fading and his good mood started coming back.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Well, the other day I was waiting in line for an ATM inside a bank. It was pretty crowded. A man two people ahead of me bent down and picked up a 100 rupee note. He left his spot in line to bring the money to a woman working at the counter. Wow, I thought. How many people have found money lying around in public places or on the street and kept it? I mean, in the States we say "find a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck." We associate finding money, i.e. some one else's loss, as our luck.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The sale of these shirts goes to the Arushi Girls Shelter. Great shirts and a great cause. Check out their websites: www.fadingladies.blogspot.com and www.fadingladieskids.blogspot.com--they create new t-shirts on a monthly basis!
Monday, May 10, 2010
We are in the midst of summer and have been in 100+F/40+C temperatures since mid-April. It's hot and dusty. We stay inside a lot. But, when we do go out, I so enjoy seeing these beautiful yellow trees called Amaldas in Hindi (my all-knowing driver told me).
Their bright yellow flowers would brighten anyone's day.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Scaffolding, wooden and tied with ropes, all by hand:
Sweepers at Humayan's tomb:
I'm not sure what they're doing but it must be important for so many of them to be working on the same project:
Ladies carrying huge sacks at Safdarjung's tomb:
Pushing and pulling on the streets of Jaipur:
Taking a rest from field work in Rajasthan:
Curb repair on a very busy street in old Delhi:
What you don't see here are the stadiums, parking garages and street scaping being done for the Commonwealth Games in October of this year or the metro line extension construction...which means lots of people working very strenuous jobs and, now, in 105-plus temperatures.
Monday, May 3, 2010
It's been 5 days and we've not heard anything from the other driver. I did have to make another long phone call to our insurance company to cancel our claim only to find out we have to write a letter cancelling it. Since the damage is so minimal, we didn't want the claim to be filed and our insurance to go up. It's been more than a scratch on our new car, which was probably bound to happen at some point, but quite an experience with a crowd of men gathering, which I've heard can often turn violent especially if someone has been injured, but also a hassle with the insurance company and a waiting game to see if we hear back from the other driver. Out of all of this, though, I'm just so relieved that no one was hurt. And, now that it's happened, I will be more prepared for next time. Hopefully, there won't be a next time.