Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Travel Bingo

Our road trip down Interstate 5 from Bellingham to Santa Cruz has been just dandy so far. Of course we can't help but compare road travel here with our experiences back in Zambia. The kids have a set of travel bingo, one of the many fun distractions for long hours in the van. I think we are going to make a travel bingo set for Zambia...

Here are the kinds of things you find on your travel bingo board when driving on the friendly highways of the good ole USA:
mailbox
dog
police car
bird
airplane
truck
church
fire station

Here are the kinds of things you find on your travel bingo when driving from Lusaka to Ndola:
lady with bucket of guavas on her head
mini-bus with giant "The Jews" name sticker
mini-bus with giant "The Romans" name sticker
ox-cart full of rotting wood
boy selling hard-boiled eggs
police checkpoint for your road tax
talk-time vendor
phone charger vendor
guy selling two puppies
guy selling two turkeys
lady wearing a citenge (wrap) with high-heeled shoes printed all over it
market selling tomatoes, onions, and green veg
market selling tomatoes, onions, and green veg... and a black velvet couch
market selling tomatoes, onions, and green veg... and wigs

Oh, we could go on and on. Luckily we still have plenty to look at along the roads of America to help keep us awake. Otherwise the smooth blacktop would be constantly lulling us right to sleep. Today we took the kids to Capitola for their first time at the beach (not at a bay). It was a big hit with the kiddos, and just the smell of it made me weep with joy! My daughter's response to my tears? Mommy, why are you crying; because it stinks? No my dear! Because it smells so beautiful!!!!

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