Jacob went with some friends to a city about seven hours away. They traveled by train, and came back with prickly heat and stories of a pick-pocket. They were going to meet prospective brides; and as is the custom, they were treated royally. This spread is just maybe a fourth of all the food they were given. Yum.
We got stuck in the notorious Dhaka traffic the other day. Do you know that Dhaka is the world’s densest mega-city? Check this article out. We thought it would take us an hour to get from Point A to Point B but it took us two and a half hours. Not very fun. The CNG was tight with us and our luggage too. But we were all together, we had cookies and bananas, and we wrote poems!
When you’re sitting in traffic that’s slow
And the cars on the road just don’t go
The kids become sleepy
You fear they’ll get weepy
And what shall we do we don’t know.
I took a five hour train trip with the kids without the help of their Papa. It’s so much easier to travel now that they love to color and read. When I brought out school work Elias was so excited. Wow, I just love this five-year old age, and Sonlight, and the teacher that’s given my boy such a joyous start at school.
Have you ever heard of Uttar Pradesh? I know some of you have lived there, but I am guessing that some of you are drawing a blank. U.P. is Indian’s most populous state. If U.P. was it’s own country, it would be the world’s fifth most populous country. There are 613 people groups in this state of 213,557,000 people, Hindus making up 80%, Muslim making up 18 % and Christians .1 %. Hindi and Urdu are the main languages. We trained through part of the state and I tried to get my head around how big U.P. is. If you have Operation World by Jason Madrick, look up UP.