Response: Wow, we can't believe you wrote an email, most impressed!!! We miss you and look forward to telling you everything on Sunday. Did your shoes arrive? We leave here shortly for Dehli then home.
Love you bunches,
Carter and Debbie
Response: It has been amazing! I presented on the ACS experience with passing smoke-free laws. It was okay but I may wonderful new friends.
I met a women in line yesterday from Minneapolis and thought of you. I will give you a call soon and bore you with all the details.
Response: Hi She. We will leave tonight for home. Actually, it's early sat am-the flight leaves at 1:20 am. It will be a 24 hour journey but we will still arrive on Sat because of crossing the intnational date line. It has been a great visit. Many sights I never thought I'd see like the Taj mahal. Talk to you when I et back. Love, Deb
Response: Well, the elephant didn't happen today. We had a terrible guide and he was late so we missed the chance. Our driver was so mad as were we. The worst meal was not bad in taste but too spicy for me (Carter) to eat. I had lunch while working at the conference and it brought tears to my eyes and my nose ran, very pretty. I am tired though of Indian food, today for lunch I had pizza. Knock on wood but neither one of us has had any stomach problems. We have had a great time but we are ready to come home and see the animals.
We will call you on Saturday.
Response: My health is great-I don't feel any different than with two kidneys. My incisions no longer are sensitive and I'm back to running. The only dissapointment is not losing ANY weight!
I'm protecting my one kidney over here too. I'm being religious in drinking bottled water only and eating hot foods. We fly back Fri eve. It has been an incredible experience-for better or worse! Talk with you soon, Love, Deb
Response: Hi Peyton, We took lots of pictures of elephants. They were really cool! We decided we don't like Indian food much. We stay in the hotel and eat. We have seen lots of snakes, monkeys, bears, water buffalo. I haven't gone near any more snakes. Can't wait to see you this Sun. Love Debbie
Response: Hi Kath and Bob, There are public and private schools here in India. It's the opposite of what you would think. The public ones are private and are for the most part look nice. On the other hand, the rest of the schools are unbelievable. In the more rural areas, all the kids sit in the dirt outside and listen to their teacher. Then they walk home to thatched houses for lunch and back. This really is a poor country-incredible poverty and basically very little infrastructure. We are so lucky for what we take for granted.
We've seen many men that I think were born with spina bifida that basically spend their lives scooting around in the dirt on there knees and butts begging. Pretty bad. More later, Love, deb
Response: Sorry to hear Ellie is a little under the weather. Funny you say Ellie isn't going to want to give her up, we were talking about the fact she isn't going to want to come home. Tell Peyton we are very impressed and that I want to see the report card and the principal's note and we will definitely write about the ride today and post pictures. Tell Carter that the animals are a little smelly.
Response: Jen, Thanks for your note. We leave tonight(late) and gain a day so we will land in DC at 1 tomorrow afternoon. At least I can go home and sleep in my own bed. It has been a great visit. Thanks for checking in. Love, Debbie
Response: I started downloading before bed and had to keep restarting it because I kept loosing the connection. I just checked and all is good even though I had to go with less photos. I will look forward to hearing about what you think of the book. Tell Joyce that she would be in photography heaven. Every place you look there is an amazing shot!
Talk to you later,
Response: Good to hear from you guys. We are having an amazing trip! Sharon, I have heard about a woman who is in Delhi at an Ashram who's name is Mary Pat Fischer. She apparently has written books that we might enjoy. All the money goes to suport the Ashram. We can't wait to bore everyone with the details. Debbie and I have made some wonderful friends who truely are making a difference. It is very humbling.
Response: Peyton and Eillie Todd,
You mean I have to return the cobra? That may prove difficult but I will see what I can do. We are staying at a Hilton Hotel and our room overlooks the Arabian Sea. My favorite place so far ... I guess would be the H's tomb but I am guessing that I will be blown away by the Taj Mahal. I also have really enjoyed spending time with my new Indian friends and learning about their life and work. Also, walking the streets is so fasicinating, my head is constantly turning.
Give Sophie kisses for us!!!
We love you too!
Carter and Debbie
You wouldn't believe all the cars. The car lanes are just guides that no one listens to so driving in cabs is a constant game of "chicken". Horns are constantly blowing, I am glad I am not driving. We go back to Delhi tonight and start our tour again.
Love you too!
Aunt Debbie and Carter
Response: Katie, thanks again so much! We really miss that crazy little dog. Tomorrow we leave Bombay and that's fine with me. Too many smells, beggars and it's scary walking the streets. But,great shopping. Talk with you soon, Debbie
Response: Thank you for being so good to Sophie, Debbie and I really appreciate it! She is quite a charmer isn't she?
Tell Mom not to worry we are safe and having a good time.
Response: Next set of pictures from Bombay. Crazy,smelly city. Two more days here-I'm definitely ready to leave Bombay. Debbie
Good to hear from you. We fly home on the 3rd so we will only scratch the surface. I finish working on Monday so we will resume being total tourist on Tuesday. I love the Indian people and have enjoyed learning from them especially with my interest in religious studies.
Say hi to Kai.
Response: I think that you would love the cobras. They just get a little cranky sometimes. We are having an amazing time but the poverty really gets to you at moments. Give Pebbles and Olivia a hug.
Carter and Debbie
Response: thanks Sherri. I'm off for more exploring in Bombay today. It is in the mid 80's here and humid. Talk with you soon, Debbie
Response: We are back to Delhi today and then it is more touring. This has really been an incredible experience.
Response: Hey Katie, I don't know how I deleted your most recent e-mail, but I did. Thank you so much for watching Sophie. She is so funny with other dogs. She thinks she's a rottweiler! I'm glad shes being somewhat of a good dog. She is incredibly sweet. We both miss her lots!!
I'm hanging out in the hotel today while Carter is at her conference. I really don't want to go out and walk Bombay by myself. I can't take the beggars anymore. They are really overwhelming. I would say this will turn out to be more of an experience for me than appreciating the beauty of a land. My senses are overwhelmed by the smells and sights of India. Incense everywhere we walk. Temples-and lots and lots of poverty.
Carter will probably write more to you tonight. Thanjks again and talk with you soon. Love, Deb
Response: Aren't you impressed! We went out on a boat two days ago and I looked for tigers. Thankfully there weren't any. You would love it here however the poverty is very upsetting. The people I have met though are really making a difference and are inspiring.
Do you have any requests for gifts? We are having a wonderful time. India is an amazing country. We went to the most famous and exclusive cricket club last night at the invitation of one of the members. They kept telling us that playing cricket is just like baseball but I don't understand the game, yet.