We opted to travel by the tourist steam train up the mountain instead of by bus or jeep. I hate getting car sick. And I love trains. The train had just begun a new summer schedule so there were special gifts and everyone was super excited. Whenever we went through a tunnel, everyone would yell.
At first we saw the mountains in a distance, then we climbed them. We saw waterfalls, monkeys, a wild elephant, purple trees . . . and tea plantations.
Did we ever need a vacation. Yet I feel strange even writing those words, because many people don’t get to go away for a vacation. They only stop working when they are sick or they’ve lost their job. Traveling for a vacation is a sign of being rich, isn’t it? I am so glad that I get to have a vacation.
We ubered, then flew, then subwayed, then trained, then jeeped, then trained there. Phew. And to think the journey was relatively easy to what it was 20 years ago! I am thankful for a husband who is superb at organizing travel.
Willow has had another batch of kittens. Elias and I played the important dula role at 5 am one morning. Seriously, Willow acted like a human in labor in so many ways! The kittens are adorable, and I am thankful that there are only two of them. Contrary to what the pictures show, O usually drops the kittens, instead of cuddling them. M named them Lightning and Thunder.
M is glad that her friend’s dentist has an office around the corner. Now we get to see this friend more often! O likes to play with legos. I have appreciated the quiet minutes this new interest gives me!
J is my pie maker. But occasionally I try too. I was thinking of Ken and Emily’s very good chicken pie when I made this one. Below — my veranda plants.
I found out that our lovely helper enjoys making sweets (pita). She and Maia conspire together about when and what they will make. One day they made bhapa pita together, while Elias took these pictures. The rice flour is mixed with hot water, then sieved. A cup is covered with a thin cloth, with a little bit of coconut and brown sugar in the middle. Then it is steamed and eaten while hot!