Colossians 3:17

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Monday, May 16, 2005

That was not CAMPING.

5 movies in the course of 40 hours, sleeping on flee infested beds, food (and chai) cooked and served for you cannot possibly be classified as a camping trip.

It was a retreat...lets just make that clear.

A retreat with many little adventures that could only happen in this country and only with Jr. Highers.

Picture this -

21 Jr. Highers in a bus stuck under a bridge in the pouring down rain in a foot of sewage water with 30 million cars honking their horns and trying to drive past us while we try to back up. 3o minutes later, after unloading half the luggage off the roof we are escorted by the police to the center where we will be staying. So much for trying to keep a low profile. I think all of Jhelum knew we were there.

Then - Swimming with cows in a muddy (you don't want to know what else was in it) river with cows - Rescueing a 7th grader from drowning - Spending 20 minutes searching the water for her Shalvars (pants). After offering a 300 Ruppee reward the Shalvars are recovered, returned to the extremely embarrassed child, and sunbathing in the warmer shallow water ensued. I should note that...I don't like swimming in water where I can't see what I'm swimming with OR touching nasty, mungy, slimy, gooey, gross mud with my bare feet. Oh, what I suffer for these kids.:o)

The highlight of the weekend - PIZZA HUT!! 7 people + 2 Large Pizzas + Pepsi Refills = 1,100 Rupees....or something like $15.00 US Dollars.

Yeah....that's not camping...but it sure was good.

Life is good.


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I think I am having an identity crisis of sorts. As I am reading this book about TCK's I am realizing parts of my life that I had buried because it was a part of me that was so different from people that I knew. Now I feel as though I am grieving that loss.


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As I was thinking about school ending in the next couple of weeks, and returning to the US. I was extremely saddened. I love these kids. How can I possibly walk away and not return?

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I think someone should let Pakistan know the difference between Lobster and Shrimp.

6 Comments:

  • At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Kiwiboy said…

    That is a quality trip. Magnificent. ONly here.
    Swimming with cows in a river with cows even...

     
  • At 5:36 AM, Blogger D-Tone said…

    Hey Katy we totally just commented on Mollys blog at the exact same time even though we are half way round the world from each other.
    Thats so wierd it gave me chills.

    Also what is the book??

     
  • At 5:48 AM, Blogger Travis said…

    What is this about not returning.... that was not in the deal. The deal was you come and help out, your life is changed and you come back next year!

    Remember there is always Afghanistan if you cant get back here!!

     
  • At 6:41 AM, Blogger Diane said…

    sounds like quite the adventure! Does this mean you have decided to return to the US once the school year is over?
    d.

     
  • At 8:16 AM, Blogger mallymcnally said…

    you've invented a new way to camp! grieving the loss of something is one of the healthiest things you can do, although it's never fun or easy. I am so glad you are loving it there, my eskimo friend! They're blessed to have you for whatever amount of time!

     
  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger darkhorse said…

    Katy,
    brave girl. Unknown water is not kosher in my books either. I think it's grand that you're throwing yourself into your work. Literally.
    Thinking of you daily and hoping for the best for you.

     

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