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India- part 1… Mumbai

28 Jan

I have always dreamed of going to India. It started with the magic of Aladdin, even though that isn’t “set” in India. I have always loved bright colors and the thought of seeing the Taj Mahal. If you head over to my bucket list, you’ll see that just going to India was one of the things that I wanted to do before I die. Well, I did.

We flew from Beijing to Mumbai. It took an entire day to do that. We got to Mumbai and to our hotel around 3 am. My first impression of India was a little scary. We were dropped off by a taxi and the driver left before our hotel had the door open. I was a little freaked out and almost in tears. But, the next morning was MUCH better.

The first day we hired a taxi and Nawab drove us all around. He showed us the main sites of Mumbai. First we went to this place that is called Laundry. Hotels and businesses bring their linens here so that these people will wash them and get paid. You can see that this is in a slum.

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Next we went to Victoria Terminus. If you’ve ever seen Slumdog Millionaire, you will recognize this place.

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Across the street was McDonalds. We HAD to go. Being that we were in India and Indians don’t eat cow… we thought that it would be a great experience.

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We headed over to The Gateway to India. Here we had some fun experiences. We saw the gateway which was pretty awesome.

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Then we were “blessed” by a holy man.

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After this, we asked Nawab if he knew of Starbucks Coffee. It just came to India in October 2012 so we thought that it was likely that he didn’t know where it would be. But alas he asked another taxi driver and we were SO thankful to get to go here.

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We saw the ocean, or the bay… and the skyline. It was nice.

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We were so hungry at this point, we didn’t care what we ate. We headed across the street from our hotel to a vegetarian restaurant. It was delicious. We ended up eating a bunch of food for about $5 for the both of us. We couldn’t believe it!

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Tomorrow… Mumbai day 2 and Goa

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China part 1

23 Jan

I have always dreamed about going to China. I fell in love with the way that it was portrayed through movies and I loved reading about it in books. I always knew that I would go to China and climb the Great Wall but I never knew that I would do it over Christmas.

Over Christmas vacation, my boyfriend and I headed to China. We wanted to climb the Great Wall and see some other things in Beijing. It was a trip that I will never forget.

The first night that we got there, we walked around for almost 45 minutes trying to find our hostel. We were walking down the wrong street. It was horribly cold outside and we had our backpacks. Finally I asked Aaron if he would attempt to hail a taxi for us. This little old man stopped and we weren’t sure what to think of it. Let me try and paint a picture of it for you. It was a man who was probably 60 or so on this scooter. On the back of the scooter was a wooden box. He told us that it would be 10 Yuan for a ride. The box that we got into was seriously SO small and both of us had our backpacks. Thankfully we fit and he brought us to our hotel. It was pretty awesome.

Once we got to our hostel, we met a girl who was staying in our room with us. She had been traveling around China for 10 weeks. She took us out to dinner down the street. We had this delicious noodle soup. You had to pick whatever you wanted and they were all on sticks.

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They then made it into a soup. It was so wonderful and spicy!

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After all of that madness we headed back for our showers and we were out before 10pm. We felt a little lame but it’s vacation… you can relax and sleep as much as you want.

I’ll post another post about all of the touristy things that we did. Stay tuned. :]

Overwhelming Joy

13 Jan

In December 2007, I had to take out a private loan to help with college.

I only needed to take out $3,000 but I took out $8,000. I wanted to buy a computer and I’m not sure what else I was planing on doing with the extra $5,000. But, the Lord knew.

He knew that I would need that money to go to South Africa for 2 months in the summer of 2008. He knew that I would travel to South Africa to meet two of my best friends, Hannah and Saige.

I thought that I was going to travel to South Africa and maybe meet my husband. But I am so so so so thankful that I met these two wonderful, Godly women. They speak such truth into my life.

Hannah is one of the most wonderful people who I have ever met. She encourages me so much in my faith. She tells me if I am being stupid. She tells me that it is okay to cry. It is okay to have feelings that may seem ridiculous. She dreams with me. We have only ever spent 10 days since South Africa in the same place. We talk MULTIPLE times a day thanks to amazing technology. She makes my heart so joyful. I love her so stinking much.

Saige is my twin. She is all kinds of random. We can chase dreams. We Facebook stalk. We text each other at hours of the morning that are ungodly and have beautiful conversations. We love to watch stupid videos. We love a good type scream laugh. We have only seen each other 2 times since South Africa but we chat all the time. It is like I never even left America. I am soooooo thankful for her.

In March, I am hoping to finish paying off that loan. It is bittersweet. Where I have come from since taking out that loan to where I am now. Where these relationships have started and where they are now.

Thank you Jesus for letting me take out that extra $5,000. I wouldn’t trade those two girls for the world.

Uni= Not Yummy

16 Oct

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I went out for sushi after church. We actually wanted some Indian food but the restaurant had just closed for their lunch break, so we ended up eating sushi. Yes, sushi was not my first choice. Gasp.

Well the girls and I sat down and thankfully Hannah is fluent in Japanese/ is half Japanese, and was able to write our order out. If it would have been the three amigas… we would have done LOTS of miming. Which, I’m sure would have made the adventure that more adventurous.

Anyway… we decided that we all needed to eat some uni, or in English sea urchin, and I don’t know what we were thinking… but that stuff… holy puke balls. N.A.S.T.Y!

I, of course, had Christina document me eating uni. I haven’t decided if it is the texture, smell or taste that made me not want to eat it ever again, but at least I tried it.

Be prepared to be disgusted and laugh all at the same time.

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Oh the things that I do for a fun blog post. :]

Korea

27 Jul

Last week I went to Korea on a little get away, by myself.

It was fun. I have more confidence in myself getting around a foreign country where I don’t know the language… at.all.

I am really glad that I went. I was reminded how people feel when they come to Japan to visit. They don’t know the language, the food, or the culture.

This is how I felt in Korea. I didn’t even know how to say thank you or hello in Korean. I now know how to say thank you and yes. :]

Here are some pictures from my adventure.

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Another thing crossed off of my bucket list.

Heart Sister

8 Jul

Here lately, my heart has been missing its sister…

Hannah Ruthie.

Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing woman of God:

I felt like I have known her for forever, but in all reality, it has only been 3 years. We met when we both signed up to go on a mission trip to South Africa for the summer of 2008.

We experienced a lot of that trip. We grew a lot. We learned how to seek God in all circumstances. We grew close towards the end of the summer and always had late night chats in the Love Shack about all of the silly things that were happening.

When we parted ways in the Newark Airport, I knew that our friendship didn’t end there. I knew that we would be talking on Facebook and on Skype.

Our friendship grew stronger and stronger as time went on.

I went out to Washington to stay with her 2 times:

We had many adventures together in lovely Seattle.

Then she came to Missouri to see me:

We had more adventures around Missouri. I took her to Kansas and we went to the Renaissance festival, toured around Independence and ate lots of good food.

Then I moved to Japan. I didn’t know when the next time that I would see her would be. But, I knew that our friendship would just continue to grow. We talked on the computer or wrote each other letters. We talked, cried, prayed and laughed together.

Then, the Lord blessed me and I was in return able to bless Hannah and she came to JAPAN!

Words cannot describe how much I love this lady. I feel like I am able to tell her anything and she will not judge me. If I call her and just want to chat, she will sacrifice sleep to talk to me. When we talk on Skype, hours feel like minutes. We could talk all day long about nothing and I love it. She asks me how my heart is and she truly wants to know how it is. If I want to just be silly and dream, she will do it with me. We can dream up some pretty fantastic things too.

When I think of our friendship, I think of her as my Jonathan.

I think of this verse, “Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as himself.” 1 Samuel 18:1

I feel as if our souls are knit together so closely that nothing can break our friendship. We are BFFL (best friends for life).

Dearest Hannah Ruthie,

I love you and I am so thankful that the Lord has brought you into my life. I am encouraged by you daily and I pray that the Lord encourages you as well. I am so thankful that even though we have never experienced life on a day-to-day basis in the same city and we are thousands of miles apart, that our friendship continues to grow.

Love,
Mallory Eryn

On a whim

1 Jul

Today I woke up and realized… I have almost a whole week off of work coming up soon and I don’t want to sit in my apartment for that whole time.

So, what did I do?

I bought a ticket to Busan, South Korea.

That’s right… on a whim.

I will be going by myself for 4 days. I am sure that it is going to be an adventure. I am going to be part of a tour group… except it gets better… a Japanese tour group. Awesome.

I’m sure that someone will know English or I can find an English translation of where ever we are and read about it. It is going to be a lot of fun.

I am really excited.

What is something that you have done on a whim?

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