|We all became quick friends!|
|The bridge I bungee jumped off of! It was terrifying, but amazing!|
|Some of my girls at Steenburg Primary School|
In 2013, I spent 1 month in India at an all girls orphanage. This trip was hard for many reasons. It was hard not knowing anyone, not eating meat (the orphanage I stayed at didn’t eat meat), being 11.5 hours ahead of Texas time, being around people who mostly didn’t speak English, people staring at you like your a zoo animal, and not having WIFI. (I feel ridiculous even typing that it was hard to not have WIFI, but when you don’t have friends or family with you, it’s hard to not be able to communicate easily using WIFI.)
I have one not so fond memory of riding an overnight (like 10 hour) train to Udaipur, India and let me tell yall… these trains are not like American trains. I wish I could explain this better, but picture a moving train that is so packed that people are literally hanging out of all the openings of the train. We purchased a ticket for a “bed” that folds down from the wall because it was going to be overnight, but not every passenger was using the train to get to Udaipur… so not every passenger had their own bed. There were no seats on this train… only beds… so basically your bed was shared with 4 other people until about 2 a.m. until mostly anyone not going to Udaipur had finally gotten off. Once I finally fell asleep I woke up a couple of hours later and someone was sitting on the edge of my bed. CREEPY!
One funny thing about India though is that there were literally monkeys everywhere. Since the orphanage we stayed at was open to the outdoors, we would sometimes have monkey visitors outside of our bedrooms. You knew there were monkeys close by if you heard girls screaming and slamming their doors. Haha! Going to India probably wasn’t my favorite, but it was still incredibly eye opening and I’m so glad I was able to see a new part of the world I’d never been to!
|There were monkeys everywhere!|
|The Taj Mahal|
|At the train station prior to boarding… this is how people looked at us all the time|
My family went on a Mediterranean cruise a couple of years ago to these three beautiful countries! We love cruises because they let you see so many amazing places without having to worry about travel or changing hotels!! And the cruises themselves are also super fun! This was definitely my favorite cruise we’ve ever done! I mean the history inside of the Roman Collesium and The Pompeii Ruins just blows my mind! SO cool!
|The Roman Coliseum|