Happy birthday dear brother number 2, Keith. Have a good one. Hope it's with family, that you do a bit of square dancing, tell a few tall stories as bush poets do and perhaps play some music. We are thinking of you! xo
We had a lovely breakfast today, omelet with toast, and a plate of red pawpaw each.
We met the other homestay tenants, a lovely Kiwi couple, she of the couple who is principal of a kindergarten in Shanghai running under an Italian system, ? Reggiano (will have to look it up) . sounds very progressive. They sent her to Italy for 10 days last year for training.
Later, after finding that the palace we were going to visit would be closed today and Mondays, we went wandering out to find Mother Theresa's burial place. Not far from here, we walked through markets and markets. Fascinating because some people were selling from tiny holes i the wall type of place and squatting on the counter because that was the only space for them.
We found Mother's House (that's how people know the place). What an amazing person. Only ever was motivated by love for mankind. She was there for everybody. Seemed to have no ego. Made us think of ourselves as being spoilt and selfish.
From such humble beginnings she became one of the most well known people, influential and beloved by hundreds of thousands, honoured many times for her contribution to namkind and dedicated all the honours to the lost, uncared for, homeless people in the world and by so doing they became recognised and were given a voice.
Later on our wanderings a man accompanied us through the streets and acted as a guide. He said he was off to a village teaching cooking to homeless children, staying overnight with them and providing a birthday cake etc for one of the youth there. He showed us some good eating place, extolled the Government for providing training for many homeless children who came as refugees, explained how many of the homeless used to live but because of the care of the government there were now very few beggars, homeless. (actually there are definitely very few beggars around. I'm sure I remember many when I was here years ago.) . Finally he took us to a fine building with a restaurant
Hearse deluxe level.
Spent an hour in The Oxford Bookshop. xoxo