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Miss Dumpling and speaking Mandarin

I don’t speak any Chinese. My vocabulary consists of 5 spoken words (hello, thank you, small, big and tea) and 4 written characters (person, big, middle and small). I get along fine. I gesture a lot, point to what I … Continue reading

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A picture with our maid

We like our maid. She’s sweet, and she’s drama free. Probably because she doesn’t speak much English.  A few months ago, she came to our door after I posted a “wanted” ad on our compound’s forum. Within a few seconds, … Continue reading

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Beyond Namaste

I am trying my best at Hindi, and it’s not easy. Let’s start with the flashcards I found online: Huh? Oh, I have seen that before.  I think it’s a, hmmm, let me think, oh, it’s fresh tamarind.  I got … Continue reading

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I am home

The feeling that you’re about to enter another world starts in Frankfurt.  You’re waiting to get on a plane for India, and you know which gate your flight leaves from by looking at the people waiting in the area.  You … Continue reading

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It’s official

It’s now official, we are moving to India.  I am so excited that I cried!!!! I need to start a list of things to do before we leave: Get visas. Get medical stuff in order.  That’s a long list of … Continue reading

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