|Colorful houses across from the park.|
I listened to an interview this evening about traveling as a family. The woman in the interview mentioned the challenges and discomfort that comes with traveling with children as one of the great rewards or benefits of travel. I have felt the challenge and discomfort this past week. It is such a lonely feeling to walk into a store where you can't read a single label, and where the culture isn't an overly friendly one. Add to that there are not many people that will openly admit to speaking your language and it is really hard to feel comfortable in such a place. Grocery shopping here had truly been a cultural experience from the lack of cold cereal to the large refrigerator compartment of different sausages and the fact that Colby Jack cheese doesn't exist here (my kids are dismayed). So many things are different, I have found it hard to see the similarities and joys of the experience.
|One of the sidewalks we will be come familiar with.|
Our time here has been spent primarily in our apartment. We were blessed to find a great place in the city, close enough for Hyrum to walk to the office. There are several stores and parks near by as well so location wise things are great. I have been to the grocery store everyday and a trip takes quite a while since I have ti try to decipher food labels and put together decent meals. Yesterday we ventured out to a fabric store, that led us on a grander quest for balloons and glue. (We had a craft project today, more on that later) We ended up in a department store which was a secret blessing. We bought a few toys for the kids to help keep them occupied as it gets colder here along with our needed supplies. Today, we made it to the park after our box of winter coats arrived.
|I love Fall. These leaves were stunning on the side of this building.|
It is certainly an adventure and I think it will be a good one. We're settling in and hopefully next week we'll get out a bit more and explore this city we call home for the next few months.