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HUGE party!!!

I can't even begin to explain the party that took place in front of our house on Monday night... Sooo much happend and I took sooo many pics... I don't know if I can describe it all :) but I'll do my best! The family that we live with had a big party that is called a Jogrun. It is a HUGE event. They invite all of their friends and family. The Kumars (the fmaily we live with) just moved from another city a few years ago, so most of their close friends and family live out of town - so needless to say, there were many out-of-town guests. In this culture, if you invite someone from out of town, you are also offering them a place to stay at your house :) Which means that people were staying in our part of the house also! Yes, it was crazy!! In one area of our house, we took out all the furniture and they rented mats to cover the floors for people to sleep on. It was awesome!!
The party began with a pr time to the g0ds here. There was a HUGE stage set up in front of our house th…

It's going to be crazy!!

Tomorrow there is going to be a BIG party at our house!! It's going to be crazy!!! Everything has started today thought. Adam and I were gone for the weekend to meet with someone in the city. When we got home and drove up to the house, there were people EVERYWHERE!! There were people cooking lots of food, people cleaning, people preparing food, people delivering things and tons of family members!! At dinner time, everyone went inside and set in every bit of floor space and people came around with the food. There was some awesome new potato thing I had never had before, some dahl and of course, roti (the bread they eat with every meal. They sort of use it as a spoon. They never believe us when we say that we don't eat it with every meal in America. They always ask us what we do use to eat our food and we say a spoon and they think that's hilarious!! :)
They have had family members come from everywhere! I think there are at least 25-30 people staying at our house right now. A…

Got Juice?

This is a guy that comes down the road making juice! This is cool! The guy goes down the road and if you want juice, he puts oranges in his juicer and juices them... it's cool!! (Except that they always want to put black salt or masala in the juice... we skipped out on that and they could not understand why :) He rolls by our house everyday now. Pretty cool!

This picture totally cracks me up!! This is the juice guy's radio!! In our area of the country, if something is valuable... they keep it in the packaging until it falls off ... they keep plastic on their furniture (at least for it's first year-no matter how tacky it looks :) and plastic on everything!! It's so funny :) This is his radio... He made a hole for the speaker and one for the cord :) Awesome!!

Whoa! I'm Purple!

Well, today the "colors" came!! Today was the big holiday where people throw colors on each other all morning! You wear really old clothes (ones you don't mind getting ruined) and play (or lock your doors and hide inside :)). We had a lot of fun playing!!
This was our team! It was our end of the street versus the other end of the street! It was so fun! Our team totally won - it was awesome!! It has to be one of the funnies holidays I have ever experienced :)

The colors are coming. . . .

The colors are coming. . . Tomorrow is the big holiday where everyone throws colors on each other! It's crazy!! Above are some of the powdered colors that are for sale. It's a crazy day! Today they have a special w'ship time and tonight they will burn fires. On the left you can see the fire wood ready for tonight's fires. They made this fire with mostly wood and poop-patties. It's been raining today, so I don't know if the fires will actually take place though :) Should be interesting!


Last night I made a very typical dish from our country called Aloo Ghobi (Potato Cauliflower)... yeah, it looks kinda gross - but it tasted pretty good :) We definitely have some strange things to eat here though... Last night I aslo ate a PURPLE CARROT! I thought that was crazy! It smelled like a carrot and tasted like a carrot, but it was so dark purple that it almost looked black! It also stained my hands really purple - it was awesome! It also made my teeth and tongue a little purple!

Birthday Fun!

Today was my friend and Language Helper, Jaya's, birthday party! We had dinner and then afterwards we went to McDonald's for Ice Cream. We had to have a picture with Ronald before we left :) They thought that was really weird, but we had fun doing it :)

You Never Know....

I never know what I'm going to see on a daily basis that makes me laugh... Today in the market, I saw Disney! (Well, this towel anyway)... It made me laugh :)

Signs! SiGnS! siGnS!

A friend and I were talking about how many funny signs we see on a daily basis. They make me laugh, so I thought I'd pass them along. This is the Laptop and Notebook world! Does that look like a place where you would like to get your next computer? :)
Remember all those commercials that offer a kit to refill your computer ink cartridge? Have no fear - you can refill right here :)The brand of this soap totally cracked me up!! Mysore soap?? Awesome!!I don't know what "fancy cracker" is referring to, but this sign really made me laugh :) Is anyone getting married anytime soon? And last but not least (for this post anyway), instructions for using an escalator. It is absolutely hilarious to watch people use escalator here. In the city we're living in, we have a new escalator and most people in our city have never used one before - Adam and I love to just sit and watch people try to use it. It's great entertainment. Some of it is very similar to the escalator scene…