It doesn’t matter what country you are in, they are so much the same. All but one of the nine children spoke English, so I was able to really help. Many of them are children of missionaries. They meet in a little room on the bottom floor of the building. On the way to church we stopped by a pekara (bakery) to buy the snack…the all time favorite “bread stick” (pronounced “key-fla”) It almost tastes like a pizza bread stick, but not quite. Then it almost tastes like a soft pretzel, but not quite. It is good, especially right out of the oven!
After church we went to an Italian restaurant in the mall. Oh, my goodness!!! Delicious and classy. It is a chain that is also in the states. The kids had a pizza shaped like a bear head. So easy and clever. Josh got a pasta dish (which I tasted, fabulous). They make their own pasta and don’t cook it until it is ordered. You can watch it being made. I ordered an antipasta dish, carpaccio, of thin beef tenderloin (I think it was raw), cipriani sauce and rocket salad (arugula). Yummmmmmm!! I have never been to a place that operated they way they do. You order whatever you want at the counter. They give you a card, like a credit card, that you tap on the “reader.” If you order anything else, you tap on the reader. Maybe you add dessert (which I didn’t!), tap the card. When you are ready to leave, they read the card, tell you how much you owe and you pay. No order pad. Quick, efficient. Everything there was so well thought out. There were little potted rosemary and basil plants at each table. The bathroom was worthy of a picture. Well, the common foyer to the men’s and women’s. Not bad for a “fast food” restaurant in the mall!
It was party time in the afternoon. Israel was having her special friends over for tea. The mom’s all stayed, too. She wanted a barbie cake and that’s what she got! It was a joint effort. I gave a little etiquette lesson. (very little)
After the girls ate and went to play the moms all got a plate and had a nice time visiting. I was very happy to know that Louisa, from England, liked my lemon curd and scones!
After the party was over and the “boys” got home, Josh wanted to take me to the look out point of the city and then to Miss Irby’s grave. So, here are some pictures: