Have I Told You…?

…that I really haven’t missed my ankles and fingers being swollen, but they are back again with this trip?

…that the weather here is (unseasonally) beautiful, sunny days with temperatures in the 70s, and a few rainy days to keep down the dust?

…that if you look up the word ‘humble’ in the dictionary, there will be a picture of me, bending over a bucket in the KGBV girls’ dorm courtyard, struggling with washing a pair of pants (to the amusement of my young onlookers) and having said pants snatched out of my hands by a 10 year old who proceeds to pound them into cleanliness within seconds?

…that the girls put on a lovely program for visiting dignitaries the other day, including the karate girls whose performance, though maybe not technically magical, performed with all their heart?


  1. Shannon said,

    April 11, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I hope your ankles and fingers get better!

  2. Cindy said,

    April 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I can’t believe I’ve just found your blog! I’m totally captivated. Please keep it coming when possible! I guess running into burning buildings wasn’t enough for you any more. Amazing work Belle!

  3. Belle said,

    April 20, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Hey, Cindy, thanks for reading the blog!

    It is an amazing experience here. I am now in Mumbai, which is totally different than the country. Working in the city comes with its own set of unique challenges, such as yesterday when returning from a class, when the road was closed by police, and I had to exit the tuk-tuk I was in and walk for 15 minutes to get back to where I’m staying.

    But, the response of the girls is totally worth it. Their smiles, their increased confidence, I’d walk forever to make that happen for them.

    I miss seeing you at the dojo, but hope we can connect upon my return.

    : )

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