Very good series of shows from England about “extreme railways” by Chris Tarrant, Channel 5. Link below to the Channel 5 website is the official site for the show, but the episodes are not playable. Following links are from YouTube for the 3 episodes produced.
My trip to India was for 2 weeks. The first week was spent in Vasco Da Gama in the state of Goa. The second week was in Pune and Mumbai.
The Goa portion of the trip was a mission trip in partnership with Rahab’s Rope. This organization is focused on saving people from human trafficking and preventing children from getting trapped in trafficking.
India has consistently been the 2nd most populous country in the world (1.25 billion), second always to China (1.35 billion). Over the same period, the United States has always been a distant third (0.32 billion).
Hinduism represents the highest percentage at 65% and Christianity second at 30% (Catholic). Goa’s high level of Christianity is a result of being a former Portuguese colony.
Our mission tasks in Goa was primarily helping out in a few different pre-schools and holding life skills classes at a health center. Education is what will help change lives in the slum, and knowing English will be an even bigger boost for the futures of these children.
Plus, being Americans and visiting is a fun diversion for the kids.
Friday morning is our sightseeing day. The day started off okay with a visit to “Big Foot.” This is not about sasquatch, however. Big Foot in this case is about a guy that, I think, stands on one leg for a really long time. The morning also started with me developing a bad flu. I made it through Big Foot, was able to have lunch at the spice garden, but after that I was pretty much useless. The rest of the team took a tour of the Spice Garden, went on an elephant ride, did some ministry work at a preschool in the afternoon and then went to a restaurant that evening.
I went back to the hotel and slept from about 2 in the afternoon to 7 the next morning.
It’s the simple things that can be the most fun. Especially when the results are unexpected! Mari taught the kids how to make a geyser. I don’t remember what the ingredients are, but we basically built a cone and decorated it with play-dough. The play-dough by itself was actually pretty fun. Once the geysers were properly decorated, the ingredients are added that makes the geyser bubble over with blue water! I thought it was pretty fun too.
The second science experiment was to make silly putty. Until I saw the results, I actually thought that silly putty was like play dough but more plastic like – the stuff I remember you could press to a newspaper and make a copy of what was there. Turns out this was more slimy. Still very fun for the kids!