Unbelievable until you've seen it !
Trip Start Sep 28, 2008
11Trip End Oct 12, 2008
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The children are adorable and love to say 'hi' to us, grab our hands and walk with us.... but then we saw a baby, maybe 2 months old, lying on its back right on the sidewalk, no one really paying attention to it. Families have made entire areas their "home:" which consists of a tarp if they're lucky to shade them from the sun, a fire pit maybe a foot in diameter and at any time during the day you'll see them fixing food..... the surroundings might consist of a tire, several pieces of cardboard... some live in boxes themselves. There will be row upon row of human beings stretched out at any time day or evening, sleeping, in any space available. All in the midst of the heat, the flies, the noise.
The traffic is a story in itself: chaos, absolute chaos. We hung out with 2 young girls we met yesterday and about got plowed into by a bus....there's motorcycles, autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws, cars, cows, people, buses, all vying for space.
We rode on a rickshaw yesterday pulled by a man just so we could say we did it. The only way I could do it was knowing we were providing him some income.
Highlight of the day was hanging out with the 2 gals, who are teaching english in thailand and going to Mother Teresa's house... so cool. It was just surreal to me that with all the books I've read about her, that here I am, in the same area where this woman did so much. I can not imagine dealing with this level of poverty every single day of life...
So much to take in.... I will keep you posted... Namaste....