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“My Trip to the Village”

By Charity Neely*, age 11

My family and I went on a two-week trip to a Bangladeshi village. For two whole weeks we had nothing but Bangla food. It sounds pretty bad, having the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two whole weeks! It’s not so bad when you think about their fish curry! It was the bomb! It was so good! (I can even say that after having two whole weeks with nothing else!)

Another thing that I liked was the chai (tea). We had chai 2-3 times a day, sometimes more if we visited other people. Every time we got chai we also would get biscuits and muri. Muri is popped rice. It is popped by mixing very hot rice with very hot sand. The hot sand is so hot that it falls right off the popped rice and the delicious snack is ready to eat. (It actually tastes a lot like Rice Krispies.)

Now I’ve given you some ideas about some of the things I like in the village, but here is the thing that I loved! I’m a total animal lover and there were tons of animals in the village. There were almost every kind of farm animal that you could think of, except horses (sorry horse lovers). I saw lots of baby goats. I even saw chicks that were dyed pink so the crows wouldn’t eat them. A family tried to give me two adorable puppies, but as you can guess my mom said no.

Now I’ve told you some of my likes and loves in the village. There were also a lot of dislikes for me. Like all the people staring at me, the really long power cuts and the BIG BUGS in the squatty potty but I don’t want to be negative! I don’t want to stop you from coming to the village. Well I’m signing off now, later!

*Name changed for security reasons.

Charity Neely is a Missionary Kid in South Asia.