Friday, November 11, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
I'm sorry that I have not been able to update you sooner, but we have been pretty busy starting our life here in France. We arrived here after a three day vacation in London, which really helped us to get used of the 9 hour time difference. We are now living on the 3rd floor apartment above a kabob shop.
The first week we struggled to find Mekdes and I a school, it was a long and complicated process, but in the end we both ended up at a catholic private middle school. The first couple weeks at school were hard, but after a while we started getting used to the way things worked. We meet with a woman at our school who speaks good English and French, and who is helping us and the other American kids at the school to learn French. Biniyam is also doing fine, and making new friends in his 2nd grade class. All of us are learning more French, petit à petit.
It's pretty hard to sum it all up, but I'll try to keep you updated.
Merci pour votre soutien, tu nous manques!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
you get a bird's eye view of the village, and a bunch
of Burundian kids following you.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Q. What is a third culture kid?
- A third culture kid is a kid who is growing up in a different culture.
That’s what we are now, third culture kids.
Some of the questions we get asked the most about Burundi are things like “ What was school like?” or “ What was your favorite part” and most of all, the basic question of “ Did you like it?”. The answer is YES!!!!!!! We all loved it there! What kind of kid wouldn’t love to run around outside all day with friends? Certainly not us! Burundi gave us a whole new perspective on life anywhere. This is an essay I wrote for a school assignment.
Less is More
I never knew, but sometimes, less is more. When people are less fortunate, you learn to appreciate the things that you do have. I learned about that first hand.
My family was working at a mission hospital in Burundi, East Africa, for nine months last year. We could only bring limited supplies, and most of our bins were full of resources for the hospital. We had to adjust to living with less.
At first it was hard living without the things we were used to, but as time went on, we learned to appreciate the little things that we did have.
Whenever one of our friends back in the U.S. would send us a package, we would be so exited about chocolate chips or colored pencils, even though normally we would just have those things instantly.
I started to realize, the less we had, the more appreciative we were.
In March 2016, Burundi was named the most unhappy country in the world, with Denmark in first. My family and I came up with the solution that they must have interviewed people in the capital, Bujumbura. Out in the country, where we were, people were very happy. The people in the capital know what they’re missing, but with no internet, no connection to the outside world, the villagers are grateful for the little that they do have.
This is an important lesson to learn. A lot of times, when people have many things, they don’t appreciate the small things until that’s all that’s left. Appreciate all your things, because sometimes, less is more.