Archives for April 2009
At the PTA Ball this March, I won the Grand Prize! Luckily since we had just been to Jaipur for my birthday in February, the Taj has let us transfer our winning to the Lake Palace in Udaipur. We leave Thursday afternoon for three nights (yes, we took a personal day on Friday!), but we’ll be back rested\ just in time for a professional development day on Monday.
Udaipur is a glorious city. We’ve been there probably five different times–once with Corky and another time with Jane and Alex. I feel lucky that this is our last weekend trip in India. I’ve always dreamt of staying in this romantic palace amid the center of the lake in Udaipur. And, just like our last trip to Rajasthan, I’ll be bringing the Raj Travel Bag!
This Saturday we went to a Parsi Navjote in Khush and Gilan’s colony. A Navjote is similar to a Catholic confirmation. The child undergoes a series of prayers during the ceremony and is welcomed into the Parsi community. The difference however is the party. Once the ceremony is over, a grand party ensues!
Our visit to Istanbul was glorious: the sun was out with flowers in full bloom.
I love this lady. Caron is beautiful both inside and out. She is wise and fun, amazingly thoughtful and generous, practical and talented. She’s like an older sister to me with her guidance in all things–from nutrition, to posture, to fashion, to life. I love her forever!
This is the last post about Cairo where we spent the first half of our Spring Break.
The reason we went to Cairo was the NESA Teachers Conference. Most international schools are a part of a regional network of other schools in the area. Near East Schools’ Association. Each year they hold a teachers conference. I tried out for this conference back in October and found out in December that I had been selected. This made my trip free as my school sponsored me!
To see my presentation and resources you can link here. If you’re interested in finding out what Web 2.0 resources are you could also visit here. Probably the best part about the conference–aside from a trip to Cairo with my family–was meeting up with my librarian mentor, Doug Johnson. He’s such a neat guy and a superb role model. I’m really looking forward to working with him in May when we visit the International School of Bangkok.
Although we saw the pyramids on our last day in Cairo, it only seems fitting to post about these mammoth structures first. They are so very impressive. We arrived after noon–exhausted from the mini walk up. All we needed was some time in the shade under one pyramid with some water, and we were rejuvenated. We even managed to ride camels–YIKES!
Amongst my rambling Internet voyages, I came across BAFAB: Buy a Friend a Book eWek. Basically this gal, Debra Hamel, started BAFAB back in 2005. During the first week of January, April, July, and October, you are encouraged to buy a book for a friend–for no particular reason. Cool! I can do that. I’d love to do that!! Now, it’s just a matter of how do I decide which friend….(Don’t be surprised if you receive a book in the mail;)
There have been so many jokes online today–it’s crazy. The one I made on my kids was simple. Vincent mentioned how funny blue pancakes would be….well, instead of the green pea and zucchini soup the kiddos were expecting, they got breakfast instead!