New Friends in Faraway Places

Yesterday we headed out in the morning to take care of a few errands and maybe find a new park that I had spied along our planed route. By morning I mean 10:30/11 😂 because nothing is really open before 10 and one of our errands involved picking up some shoes that were being repaired and they don’t open till 11.

So we made our plan and selected our route:

Google maps is not 100% accurate here and the knitting store was actually much closer to the park. Yay!

So the plan was; grab some pastries, take them to the park and eat them, find knitting store, and then head towards home stopping off along the way to pick up David’s shoes. The first part went to plan, and then as often happens with small children things kinda feel apart. Ellie got hungry and tired, and expressed her feelings by having a full on meltdown on the sidewalk. So we decided to stop for lunch at the Clay Oven (great Indian food), and then once we were finished eating we went on our merry way towards home.

As we were walking down the street just a block from the shoe shop we hear a couple speaking english. Not just english, but North American English! They were looking at a phone trying to get their bearings, and we stopped to see if they needed help. This lead to us showing them around the neighborhood and an instant friendship. Our new friends have been traveling full time for about 5 months and are staying in our neighborhood for about 2 1/2 weeks before they continue on with their travels. While it was great to speak our native tongue, it was just as great (if not more so) to meet people with whom we share a value set.

This is one of the great things I have discovered about traveling and living abroad, most people that you meet doing the same thing are doing it for similar reasons. We want to explore the world, and experience it from a different and often ever changing perspective. In the case of traveling (or expat) families like ours we want our children to gain a global perspective. We want our children to experience other cultures and traditions, and hear other languages. We want our children to see that people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and religions. I know as well that I want my children to experience life as an outsider. I want my children to understand what it is like to be the minority rather than the majority, and I hope that the perspective they gain from that experience will make them better citizens of the world.

On a lighter note here are a few pictures from our day. Ellie isn’t big on having her picture taken right now so not as many pictures of her.

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