The past few weeks at school have been very fun. Since I have adopted the mindset of "have no expectations so you cannot be disappointed," I was not surprised to see that school was put on hold for an entire week while children learned about camping and scouting. I showed up to school last Monday to see children attempting to pitch tents. They were learning about scouting, including cooking their own meals and learning camp songs.
nd don't have a cutting board. It made me truly appreciate Deepak, who cooks three meals a day, usually without help, for so many people! I thought this was rough and there were many of us pitching in. The above picture shows chapati which is like a flat bread. We get this with every meal and its pretty much unlimited - take as much as you want! There is an art form to making it, however; and a few of mine were rejected.
Despite being in a desert, Aakash still swept the sand away from his tent to keep it tidy.
Cooking the chapati. After it is cooked on both sides, each one is put over an open flame to give it those yummy charred spots. Then some butter is brushed on.
It took about 2 hours to get lunch finished, but it felt good to eat something everyone worked hard on. After lunch the kids rested and worked on homework outside. Some kids were also practicing their songs for a talent show that was happening around a campfire later that night. I discovered some stray puppies after lunch and they were so cute! They come by school to eat scraps and are shooed away, but they always find their way back.
At the end of camping week at school, the Kantrud's came to visit us. Matt's parents and sister arrived Friday afternoon and stayed for a week. We did some sight seeing in Jaipur and they also went to a tiger sanctuary for two days. We were able to see them earlier in Delhi too where we saw some sights together. They are spending several weeks in India travelling to different places.
Matt's dad, Steve, was nice enough to pose for a picture with these guys. Indians often want their picture taken with a white person. It's like he's a celebrity!
It was fun to have visitors in Jaipur, and I hope Matt's family enjoys the rest of their visit in India. They may need a vacation from their vacation! Surviving in India can be hard work.