As the day to our trip gets closer we’ve had the chance to meet and share few days with the other side of this adventure.  Another family with very similar fears, thoughts and excitement.

We are so lucky we had the chance to meet Niharika and her two sons before we leave to India this weekend.  And start our new adventure with new friendships already.

We’ve had conversations of how it is to live in the US.  How to use the dishwasher and washer and dryer.  How to use the transportation system.  Where to buy the foods they want.  How much is a dime and a nickel.  What can you buy with a quarter or a dollar here in the US and what can we buy in India.

We’ve talked about what will we do when we try to catch the train and carry our suitcases. What should we wear and how will the weather be.  How am I going to learn to cook and what should we try first.   What will the days be like for Mark teaching in a new school.  And what types of games do the kids play there.   Should we take a rain coat or will an umbrella be fine.

So many questions and so many unknowns it makes it even more exciting that they know what is waiting for us next week.  A little unfair that we can see Niharika and her two sons struggle with the new time change, new beds and new foods, and new customs. But also it’s been fun to see them explore and see so many things for the first time.

They’ll miss our first days in India when we are struggling with the same issues in a completely new place for us.

We are doing our best to help them get settled in their new home.  Hope their experience as well as ours is the best we can have.

There’s nothing better to start a friendship with a party.  A block Party that is!  Here’s to celebrate new friendships (and old ones!)  In our own neighborhood and all the way across the globe.

Decorating the bike for the “bike parade.”

Learning to pogo stick.

The “snow cone bike.”

A visit from the Fire fighters to the block party.

The snow cone business is doing well.

Trying new foods.

Two beautiful friends.

Four square.

Old friends and new friends.

Water balloon toss.

Looking at the moon with a telescope.  An amazing view!

A blurry picture of the moon through the telescope.  But mostly for me, as a reminder of the first time I have ever seen the moon through a telescope, so close, and able to see the craters!  And today as I type this, a full moon already.  Saying goodbye from my comfortable place I call home and ‘Namaste’  to a new place we’ll call home the next 5 months.






2 thoughts on “friendships

  1. Chip Moreland August 14, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    What a beautiful introduction to the US Niharika for et al! Best of luck to you guys as you start your adventure and look forward to hearing from you.


    • naturallyfundays August 16, 2011 / 11:09 am

      It was great. Lots of fun, lots of new food, smells, games, people, places… it’s what it’s all about. Right?

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