Check it out! I forgot to tell everyone about our first trip in the taxi when we arrived here. Ok, you get off the train right in front of a huge coal mine with all your luggage. It is an open dock and you stand in the cold waiting for a taxi that will be to "foot" small to haul you and the six bags of luggage you brought because there are no cars here bigger than a Ford Pinto. While standing on the dock I noticed Sharon had all of these the black dots on her face and then I realized we are getting rained on by the coal plant. The taxi guy shows up. A young kid who smelled like the butt of a donkey that has been working the Grand Canyon trail. He crams two bags in the trunk and lays on the lid to get it closed. Now five other bags Sharon the facilitator and I pile in the car. The taxi driver turns on some tunes for us to enjoy. Dig this..... his radio is his cell phone that is velcroed to a vent. You know how drive-thru speakers at a very old Jack in the Box are.....oh Jack in the Box I want super tacos, a Jumbo Jack,and a root beer.....sorry, back to the story. The music from his phone was just like the drive-thru speaker. The car is a standard and the taxi driver....newbee... starts the car while the engine is already running. He tries to take off and kills the engine. Mind you we have just gotten off a 14 hour train ride landed in a new city and must go to the orphanage to visit the children before we can do anything else. By the way there is lots of ice on the roads. The drive to the orphanage is about twenty minutes and the terraine is hilly. There are no street lights, traffic signs, or any clear evidence of a real road. The driver slides thru a few intersections and kills the engine again. He tries to pass another car that is going, uh, 12 MPH and he is in the wrong gear .....like 4th trying to pass. Needless to say we over took the other car about 3 miles and two hills later. Now all you can hear me sreaming from the back seat(buried under luggage) is downshift you moron! We are going to die.
Had another good visit with the kids today. V beat Tim at checkers and so did Y. They have different rules for checkers than we do or we are just too old to remember how to play. They all beat me the other day too. It was extremely cold today. Snow covered the ground and the wind was blowing. We usually meet the kids in the school house and either go to a private room or one of the classrooms if the private room is occupied. Lately, the private room has been occupied so we have been going to different classrooms. It's nice to see where the kids go to school. The classrooms look like classrooms at home except from the 50's. They are very clean and organized and they are decorated with history or the theme for the semester. There are drawings done by the kids in the school house. Tim likes to use the chalk board. He and the boys play tic-tac-toe or draw goofy faces on the board. Of course, they clean it up before we leave. O, me, and M played more cards today. Slap Jack is a favorite. They both cheat. Of course he thinks she's cheating and she thinks he's cheating. Typical brother and sister. V was full of energy today. He was the most outgoing since we've been here. I think we are all feeling pretty comfortable with each other.
We hope everyone is doing well.