One of the things we miss about being on the road is contact with our friends and family and even a little contact with fellow Americans. Sachi was saying yesterday that she has gotten so used to English with an accent now that it sounds normal.
Luckily, we’ve had a few occasions to hang out with friends from
A few days before arriving in
After that we heard from our friend Jake Ludington that he would be in
With both Kerry and Jake, meeting them really made us feel like we made new friends. We knew them both before, but not very well. Now though, having shared international experiences together, we have great new friends.
Lastly is our friends in
I’m lumping Lilia and Robert into the
Sachi, Lilia and Ton at Bad Bentheim Castle near Enschede...
Our hospitable hosts, Lilia and Robert...
For the next couple of months we’ll be in Europe – so if anyone out there is visiting and would like to hook-up, please do contact us – we’d love to meet you…
Our friends Kathy and Sharon have finally reached home in the UK after 420 days, 60 weeks and 60,000 miles and 50 countries. In a recent post they were concerned about "reverse culture shock" from coming home and suggest these treatments (edited for length):
... brushing teeth out of a cup; drinking warm water out of large bottles; mixing up tuna mayonnaise in the tin and continue to use plastic plates and share cutlery; hide money upon our persons; wear clothing with lots of pockets; take photos of random images and people in the street; dry ourselves using our travel towels; not use a hair dryer; hand wash underwear each night; wash up any cooking utensils before eating a hot meal; buy a bus ticket & see where it takes you; talk to strangers and ask them how long they have been travelling for; sleep in a bunk bed with ear plugs in; etc.
These totally identify with us and we have a few additions:
We may continue to...
- Shower with flip-flops or sandals
- Share deodorant
- Never plan for more than a week into the future
- Wash laundry in the sink
- Communicate using the metric system
- Wear a shirt too many times before a wash
- Randomly give shopkeepers incorrect change
- Communicate in only "hello", "yes" and "thank you"
- Blog and video everything
And finally... continue to use only three pairs of underwear.
As you likley know by now, Sachi's bro Mark is taking care of our dog Amos. Amos is getting a little stiff these days and Mark has built him the old-dog assistance apparatus pictured above. Perhaps this is to make up for the lawn incident? Either way, we know Amos is in good hands.
We owe Mark, Sachi's brother, a huge debt of gratitude for everything he's doing for us while we're gone. First and foremost, he's taking care of our dog and our house. Actually, I should say that he taking care of part of our house.
You see, he hasn't quite embraced yardwork. As we learned yesterday, he recently mowed our front yard- FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OUR DEPARTURE 160+ DAYS AGO.
Poor dog, our Amos. Mark said that he stopped going into the front yard because the grass was so high. We have our fingers crossed for more lawn mowing this summer, lest our neighbors stop talking to us forever.
We hope you have a great one, even though this is a tad bit late. We miss you! Love, Lee and Sachi.
Today I found out that one of my favorite, most rewarding projects ever, was nominated for a Webby Award in the "community" category. Nancy White and I worked with the great folks at the March of Dimes on the current version of their "Share" community web site, which is based on enabling parents to share their stories and support one another using blogs and message boards.
I'm so happy for the March of Dimes and all the people that keep the community going today- especially the members. Congrats on the nomination everyone! Fingers crossed!
Also, there is a "People's Choice Award" and if you'd like, you can vote for Share! :) Yay!
After dealing with so many issues in India, we need a break. We're headed home to Seattle in the morning to recharge for a while. Mark, don't tell Amos- we want it to be a surprise. :)
First, it looks like the we'll be able to use the Treo 650 smartphone from India. Yay!
Second, we were happy to catch Amos on the Skype video cam. To be in Mumbai India and see and hear live video of our dog so easily is almost unbelievable. We do miss that dog.
Third, I am a huge nerd.
Sachi's brother Mark, a super-gadget-geek, is taking care of our dog and house and has hooked up the perfect solution to allow us to get our Amos fix while on the road. It's a video web cam focused on his bed that we can call "call" into using Skype 2.0. Only one person at a time can use it, so we can't expose the feed.
We can even hear sound along with the video and if there were speakers, we could talk to him, but we figure that might drive him crazy. Mark has been using it to watch Amos' movements during the day (he's a sneaky dog).
Mark, can you comment on the set up in terms of what people need to do something similar themselves? Thanks!