GSAM, Pt. 7

I left off on GSAM, Pt. 6 with some art photos, so here are some more (walls & ceilings near kitchen/laundry, just walls and an old pipe vent, and a free derange chicken)…

Veronica had her 12th birthday here last Thursday, here are some pix (Charlie and Anket with the piñata they made for her, lots of chocolate cake, and the piñata party)…

We took another trip into the jungle to celebrate on the day the kids took their last test of the school year. The bus ride home was a wild, fun, crazy moment in India with the kids screaming, the adults laughing, and the bus driver calmly barreling down a bumpy dirt road – likely by wild elephants & leopards. Yes, that’s me hanging out of the bus, and yes that’s elephant poop…

There are several interesting people here at GSAM, here are a few: Auntie Violet is almost 80 and takes care of one of the boys’ hostels, Auntie Josie (who was a child here) takes care of the cows in the dairy, and Palad is the cowherder (usually dressed very warmly and has a distinctively call to his cows)…

Some miscellany: John Marshall with our family before he left, the Tiki-truck (tikis are fried mashed potatoes with chickpeas and sauce – yum), dinner time pix of kids’ tables, the computer lab at the school and a plaque about Sam Saxena (a young man whose parents have honored his untimely death by donating to the school)…

 

The Saturday before Easter, Charlie got a chance to play soccer with the boys in a match at Banbasa Stadium (a big field on the outskirts of town), and I got to shake the all the players’ & coach’s hands and kick the ball in! (Much to his mother’s consternation he rode back on a motorcycle with three other guys and no helmuts!)…

The match ended in 0-0 tie, but we lost in overtime penalty kicks. Good times!

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