Friday, September 17, 2010
Travelogue: The Suburbs
Hi All! Welcome to our travel-weblog!
It took us a little while to get this started because WiFi is really tricky to find out here - it's almost always password protected and there are very few Starbucks. We finally found a "library" though which has all kinds of computers you can borrow and WiFi available and these really cool "reading" rooms.
But so anyways we arrived here on the weekend and it's been a whirlwind so far! I don't even know where to begin...
Originally we were supposed to go with a bunch of friends to Italy for the summer but then Daddy said something about the trip not being appropriate because of the "Bear Market". Which is weird because I thought they had those in Russia, not Italy. And either way I'd kind of love to see one. I love bears! Especially baby ones.
At first we were really bummed, but then he said that he'd made arrangements for us to go to The Suburbs to stay with his cousin and "au pair" for their two kids. I know: I didn't know what an au pair was either. But he told me it's like being a camp counselor except instead of being stuck in the wilderness you get to experience a completely different culture! The pay isn't great (zero), but they have cable and we mostly have our nights to ourselves.
PLUS: there is so much to see and do out here! Soccer fields are everywhere (chew on that Italy!), there are loads of swimming pools, and you can see any movie anytime you like. I saw some kids listening to hip hop in the park yesterday too. They might have had a few pops too (wink, wink).
This is going to be the best summer ever.
We promise to keep the updates coming, tomorrow we're supposed to go to "Super Market" which I'm sure will be, well super! Maybe we'll even do one post in the local language (Urdu) once we get the hang of it!
Oh! I almost forgot. They've totally solved poverty here. There are absolutely NO homeless people! It's amazing!