After a few hours playing, grocery shopping, and eating at the Tesco Lotus on a holiday morning,we walked out into the afternoon heat – Rahul in the trolley, Leila upset because she had to walk; both, more than ready to get into their air conditioned car-seats and nap.
I can’t remember if it’s a flat tire or a flat tyre.
“A flat tyre (American English: flat tire) is a deflated pneumatic tire, which can cause the rim of the wheel to ride on the tire tread or the ground potentially resulting in loss of control of the vehicle or irreparable damage to the tire. The most common cause of a flat tire is puncturing of the tire by a sharp object, such as a nail, letting air escape. Depending on the size of the puncture, the tire may deflate slowly or rapidly.”
Luckily, there was a “tyre fixing” place 20m away, just across the ring road. A man standing close to the workshop immediately crossed the road with us, back into the Tesco parking lot, assessed the situation. He returned a few minutes later, filled up the flat tyre with enough air to get us across.
And indeed, he showed us the hole.
“Mama can you tell to papa that I standed on this step, deep deep in the swimming pool?”
“Mama can you tell to papa that I ate all the carrots and tomatoes in the bowl?”
“Mama can you tell to papa that I can jump like a football player, high up in the sky?”
“Mama can you tell to papa that I sit like a big girl in the chair?”
“I’m sad to travel ‘out papa.”
“I like to travel with papa.” (Pouting)
He’s meeting us in NY guys. It’s going to be lots of fun.
Early one morning a couple of weeks ago.
Leila: Where’s papa?
Me: He’s on a plane, going to Houston, in America.
Rahul: Like the pilgrims?
Me: Yah, to America like the pilgrims. But he’s on a plane, not a boat, so he’ll be there by tomorrow.
Leila: Can you be papa?
Me: What do you mean can I be papa?
Leila: Papa talks French. You talk French.
Woah. Oh. Tu veux que je parle en Francais avec vous?
They both look up at me, eyes gleaming. And smile.
Rahul: Papa talks Francais.
Me: D’accord, on peut parler en Francais.
Leila: Papa. Papa, I want to go to Etats Unis.
Me: On va aller aux Etats Unis bientot cherie. T’en fait pas…..
(Ten minutes of French later)
Me: Ok guys, come on, let’s go downstairs for breakfast.
Leila: Nooooo, you are papaaaa…you talk French.
Me: Ah, oui. J’ai oublie.
Rahul: No talk Francais mama. Talk Anglais. Waaaa. You are mama now.
Leila just waking up: Mama. In my dream I had up slippers (high heels). And they were lighting up every time I walk.
How time till I can have real up slippers?
Waaaa Waaaaa, I want up slippers.
Me: Well, don’t you complain about your neck hurting, and your legs hurting?
Me: High heels would only make it worse. (We go through the high heels discussion many times a week.)
Rahul wakes up.
Leila: In Rahul’s dream he had a ball.
Rahul: No I didn’t have a ball.
Leila: Yes he had a ball.
Me: You mean in your dream Leila, Rahul had a ball?
Leila: In my dream I had up slippers and Rahul had a ball.
This morning -
Leila waking up: In my dream
I was eating a cake. And then I see’d teta (grandma in Arabic) maked a chocolate cake. With insects on it.
Me: Oh really, was it yummy?
Rahul: I like chocolate.
Leila: Nooo, it wasn’t yummy.
“Can I have a up slippers and a dress like this little girl?”
Me: Today is Saturday. Do you have school today?
L & R : NO!!!
Me: Hey, Anna goes to a hip hop dance class on Saturdays. I think it’s a lot of fun. Do you guys want to go with her today?
Leila: I already know hip hop. It’s on one foot. But I only like to spin.
Me: Oh yeah, you hop. Well sometimes you dance on one foot and sometimes on both. So let’s go!
Leila: But how time until flip flop? I want to go with Anna.
Me: After lunch.
Rahul: Hip hop is a dessert.
Me: Oh yeah? What does it taste like?
Rahul holding a pretend pan over the stove: It’s a pancake.
Me: Oh yeah, you flip it huh?
He lights up.
What Hip Hop Taught Me by Jenna Marbles
Wesley – Blogger and Health Aficionado
Yoga and Travel – The Connection is Deeper than you Think.
Yoga is more popular than ever before, and many people rely on yoga as a means of staying in shape and of maintaining top mental health. However, the benefits of yoga often go beyond what even its practitioners realize. Here are some of the ways that yoga affects travel and some techniques for those who wish to travel while maintaining their yoga study and practice.
Yoga Eases Travel Burdens
Vacations are fun; traveling may not be. Fortunately, regular yoga practice can make traveling more pleasant. Those who are taking long trips by car or by airplane will benefit from the better circulation that yoga provides. In fact, some doctors even recommend yoga as a means of avoiding potentially dangerous blood clots that may develop while sitting still for lengthy periods of time. In addition, yoga being largely meditative in nature, learning to meditate can ease the boredom of especially long trips.
Yoga is Portable
Compared to other forms of exercise, yoga is easy to do while away from home. Even without a mat, it is possible to create a great space for yoga even in a small hotel room, and many hotels now offer yoga classes for travelers who wish to practice yoga with others.
Make sure to perform some due diligence before booking a room in order to find the right hotel that does offer these classes complimentary.
On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I used a hotel review site to find the best hotel in the area that suited my needs for fitness coupled with the right price. Doing this search helped me find the right Las Vegas hotel for my particular personality.
Travelers may also wish to take a trip to local yoga facilities when visiting a new area; working with different instructors can lead to new insights. Some airports even offer rooms designed to allow yoga students to practice while waiting for their flights.
Yoga Relieves Travel Stress
Often, travelers visit areas for business purposes, and business meetings can lead to considerable amounts of anxiety. By regularly practicing yoga and continuing to do so while preparing for a meeting, students will be able to enter the meeting in a relaxed, focused state. Doing so may lead to better outcomes. It is little surprise that so many businesses encourage their employees to practice yoga, and those who focus on the meditative aspects of yoga will reap rewards for their practice.
Although yoga has evolved for thousands of years, yoga’s popularity today has made it far more accessible to travelers. On your next vacation or business trip, see for yourself, those who practice before and while traveling will likely enjoy their vacations and business trips more than those who do not.