One very hot afternoon in the village, we stopped for some coconut water. It’s called “Tender Coconut.” Watch this woman slash the coconut! This one, for my friend, was too old – no water – so we just ate the coconut meat.
I met this piper on the beach one Sunday afternoon when I first arrived. It is at the Bay of Bengal.
This young woman was decorating the sidewalk outside the Internet Café in Pondicherry. She’s not using a stick of sidewalk chalk. It’s powder. Look how fast she works!
(sometimes if you double-click on the pictures, they’ll enlarge)
Hi, Ceci, Finn, Gus, and Kieran – I think your uncle/Baby Mary’s dad sounds as if he’s doing Gus-Speak, don’t you?
(he was ordering Auntie Lei, Baby Mary, and me some chocolate pastries!)
We passed many pastry shops and candy stores before we decided on that one.
Look at the gingerbread!
On our way to dinner at a really old restaurant called The 12 Apostles (there’s a pretty good video on that link, ESPECIALLY IF YOU TURN OFF THE SOUND), we walked through one of the Christmas Markets. Auntie Lei & Uncle Matt were bundled up…
…and look who else was ready for the cold!
In this next picture, can you see the mug Uncle Matt is offering Mary? It’s Gluhwein, an Adult Beverage. He was just pretending. I think.
At night, everyone walks in the streets, and every street has different lighted decorations. Here’s my favorite:
Lights like chandeliers!
We stopped for awhile to listen to some Christmas music — in Spanish! Ceci and Finn, you’ll recognize this song.
Happy Easter to you, Francis, Seamus, Mary, Kieran, Augustine, Finnian, and Cecilia — Hydra, where I’ve spent Holy Week, is a small island not far from Athens. NO CARS ALLOWED here, so it’s donkeys, donkeys everywhere. They meet the ferries to carry luggage up to hotels and guesthouses.
Mostly, they seem to carry loads of…everything: I’ve seen huge jars of olive oil, of paper towels, and cases of wine, milk, orange juice.
In my days here, I saw this woman and her donkey a couple times.
Construction workers and their donkeys, I see all the time.
Oh, and here’s what I eat for lunch — delicious, really. Really!
Here are 10 Greek seconds from Mass. Can you guess what those small green leaves are from? Hint: it’s Palm Sunday, not Easter — all over Greece
Dear Francis, Mary, Kieran, Augustine, Finnian, and Cecilia —
Did you watch the Royal Wedding, or anyhow some of it, on Saturday? I hope you saw the part I showed my students at Melissa today, but if you didn’t,WATCH THIS.Your parents can explain how the song became an anthem, a sort of symbol, during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
For now, look at these words near the end. See what a great English lesson it was for the young women!
If the sky that we look upon Should tumble and fall Or the mountain should crumble to the sea, I won’t cry, I won’t cry No, I won’t shed a tear Just as long as you stand, stand by me.
Two questions as they listened:
“‘I won’t be a friend!’ But, Teacher, why not?” I explained, and they understood instantly: “I won’t be afraid!”
The title of this blog (“What means ‘Stand by Me’?” ) was a little tougher. I really wish one of you had been there to help me out. But then one of the young women shouted and pointed to her friend sitting across the table — “I know, I know — like you, like me, like you AND me. Here at Melissa!”
Last week I got to take Finn’s great pal Benji to Switzerland for his Spring Break. Benji is so amazing, so chill, that even our flight attendants thought he went halfway around the world every week or two.
The train ride from the airport was the first time Benji saw Switzerland. I stopped the video before we got to the fields — and the cows with their bells!
Benji arrived, played after Gus and Kieran got home from school — and then he was whisked off to surprise Finn. They went to Verbier, a great place to ski and sled in the Alps, which are the mountains that surround your cousins’ house.
While Benji and the others were gone, my friend Annie came to visit us. First, we went to Gus’ basketball game.
Afterwards, over his snack, Annie gave Gus a quick French lesson.
The next day after church, we went to a Bar Lotto in Lausanne. You can ask mom and dad…😇And then Benji and Finn (and Uncle Chris and Auntie Teresa) returned from the mountains.
One night Benji chose dessert…
One day, he went to school withFinn – I think they chose “Traditional” over “wellness,” that day. Then Benji and Finn begged Teresa to take them to this HUGE Pokémon store (no photos) Another day we walked into the village. Well, I walked, and they scootered. The last night of Benji’s visit we had FONDUE. I think you would really like it .
And then just like that, we were back in Minnesota!