Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
A couple of Sundays ago, I went with a group to help a missions service in Takely Chapel. It was a small church that also runs a school and helps to support some homeschooling families. The fellowship was very enjoyable. We ate lunch with two of the families and had a nice relaxing afternoon. By the way, it gets night dark here by around 4pm.Originally, I had thought to make sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving in the cafeteria (turkey is a Christmas meal item here). When the potatoes were out of stock, we turned to lime meringue pie. It is so much fun to cook new things for people.
Bitte, her little sister, then also needed a picture taken.The next week, the potatoes came in - so I made sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble on top and then a sweet potato pie for nut-free people. Last class day photo for "en route". The three facilitators (Carolyn, Ruth and Andrea) are in front.
Everyday in class, we have had this participant on the floor. Sophia is so good. I have never seen such a quiet and contented baby. The most noise she generally made was gentle baby cooing - which of course, you know, just made the atmosphere better. They joked and said that her first word after "sitting" in on the course may be "contextualization". The college really encourages couples to attend together, so therefore there are several families and infants here.
We had an evening "en route" dinner. Huai En and Sophia.
Eva's chilled bean soup for dessert.
Bridget and me. Bridget spent some time in Kathmandu.
One night, the en route people and a few others got together for fondue (courtesy of Huai En). We had alot of fun putting it together and, of course, harassing one another. Thea took the video.
Carolina and Phil with a dodging Norweigan behind them. Carolina is Brazilian. Phil is British. They will be going back to Brazil and hopefully working with university students.
The children like to play after dinner; and on this particular evening, Chris, the chef, was mobbed.
German language lesson:
Tonight we have a fancy dressup - farewell dinner. My roommate says that will be a schicky-micky party or smarty carty party. Or in other words, etepete (pronounced ate-a-potatuh).
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This is a pic Thea took during a class project.
This is Victoria train and underground station in London. I stopped at a nearby Indian restuarant for lunch. If you can believe it, the Indian food here in the UK has been significantly spiced "down". I had to ask for something spicy - a chutney or something - to add and even then it was not really that "hot". This is in the kitchen of a family Olga and I visited in Southend by the sea in Essex (across the Thames from Kent). We went as part of a group from the school to do missions services at their church. Pictured below with me is Jolly, who is originally from India but moved to the UK when she married years ago. We were cleaning up after a very good lunch.
Then the family kindly took us to the seaside (the Thames river opening up into the sea), which was just about 5 minutes drive away. Here is the Barber family (John, Matthew, and Jolly) with Olga (my roommate). Because the Thames river is tidal, the tide comes in and out and the water drops significantly - so there is a very long pier out into the water: 1.3 miles long. It is the longest in the world.
We rode a train out to the end of the pier, and then had fun with the bell. I was so grateful Jolly had an extra coat to lend me. I had left my heavy coat back at the school and the temperatures were falling with strong winds off the water.
Olga took this shot of me on the pier. Those lights behind me in the distance are Kent.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
We had to creatively wrap a strange object using odd items provided in a trash bag and then come up with good reasoning for it's appearance. Yes, that is the British Prime Minister. Don't ask. We lost.
We had to see who could build the tallest free-standing object using only tape and newspaper. I do not think there was anything like an engineer in the building, much less our team. Since they said we could use tape, we tried to use it as "stabilizing cables" connecting the top of the tower to the floor (like on a cell tower). Someone reported us during the game and the rules were changed to disallow tape touching the floor. We lost.
Other team's entries:
The finale, however, involved creating an "outfit" for someone in the team from an assortment of newspapers, (cello) tape and odds and ends provided in a trash bag ("rubbish bin liner"). Each team representative then participated in a "fashion show" while another team member "creatively" introduced the "design". The resulting contestants were rather interesting.
We didn't really have a ...vision...per se when our team put ours together. Rather, we knew we had a time limit and that things in the bag needed to be attached to Bernice somehow. I don't want to necessarily speak for the rest of my team - but this is not my area of gifting (the shoes are particularly my fault). Before I knew what was happening, someone made her a torch at the end and said she could have something to do with the Statue of Liberty. Doesn't that just make you feel so honored?