We began 2009 in sunny
Thailand with a week each in Bangkok,
Favorites included the open-sea snorkeling, elephant rides, and temple
hikes. We are anticipating closing out the year with a visit to the tropical
paradise of Bali. Between those bookends, we also had the chance to visit
and see all those sun-bleached ruins weíve heard so much about.
Summer 2009 was a time for family; we enjoyed our time in Montana
learning how to playing mission and in Minnesota teaching everyone how
to play mission. We treasure our time in Montana around campfires
and in Minnesota around tables (at the cabin, at El Loroís, on our new
18666 Kalmar patio, and the ever-under-construction ensembles in St. Paul).
Our Minnesota and Montana connections keep us going throughout our year
in Mumbai - thank you!!
Spring break found us in Egypt, where we toured Giza, the Valley of the
Kings, Luxor, and Coptic Cairo. In all locations, we spent a considerable
amount of time underground in royal burial chambers, secret passageways,
archeological excavations, and caverns (where Mary, Joseph and Jesus reportedly
lived during their time in Egypt!).
How can we forget that it is our love of teaching that keeps us overseas
enjoying this amazing lifestyle! Dave continues to keep 7th graders
flush with mathematical thinking (his daughter included!) while supporting
volleyball teams, organizing his grade level team, sponsoring MathCounts,
and generating reasons to party (Oktoberfest,
Elephant, and Fantasy Football to name a few). Susan continues
to be amazed by how much fun it is to learn with 1st graders. She
now knows 1) that Anacondas have a special hole they breathe through while
they swallow their prey, 2) how to write her name in Hindi, 3) there are
volcanoes on Antarctica. Alea and Breck continue to benefit
from the amazing teaching they receive at ASB. Alea has forayed into
drama, and we look forward to On-line, an Internet Fantasy, next week.
She still plays
the sax, has blossomed as a digital artist and reads voraciously.
Breckís newest things are floor hockey and learning about the Word Wars.
He is becoming quite the history buff and looks forward to our time in
Amed, Bali when we get to snorkel around a sunken US aircraft carrier.
We spent a fabulous week in November up in the Dhauladhar
Range of the Himalayas. We learned much about Tibet, Buddhism,
life in exile and the Dalai Lamaís pursuit of world peace. We hiked
to 9,500 feet and enjoyed expansive views of the mountains, a surreal experience
compared to our usual Mumbai skyline.