I love this photo.
It pretty much sums up this year for LJ: new friends, the beach and soccer.
Recently, the kid had her last soccer experience of our world trip. She attended a camp with the Valley District Soccer Association. We've spent the last month with my parents in rural Nova Scotia. There aren't many kids around so the camp not only let her play her favourite sport, but also provided some much-needed kid time.
If you’ve followed our stories, you’ll know that soccer ended up playing a big part in our year-long, around the world adventure.
We have just a few more days left in Malaysia.
It's clear that three things have come to define our time here.
But before I get to that, let me catch you up a bit...
For the last four weeks we've been living in a small apartment in the home of a Chinese family on Penang Island. Our neighbourhood is great – close to the beach, grocery store and lots of street food; and allowing for easy bus access to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Georgetown and the beach town of Batu Ferringhi.
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She’s so hot and so dirty. So hot from the African sun that beats down on them. So dirty form the red dust that forms the field they’re playing on along the old train tracks.
There’s a bustling market across the street and many of them spend their days there, trying to earn a few Shillings. In the mornings, the lure of a football brings them to the field.
She hardly looks like herself anymore. I might not have recognized her if not for the big blue eyes and toothy grin peaking out of the flushed, sweaty and dusty face.
She’s come to get water and cool down a bit. She only arrived yesterday and hasn’t yet adjusted to the heat. And these boys are much older and faster so she has to work harder.
It means “slowly” in Swahili.
During our three weeks in Tanzania we were often encouraged to go polepole and things often happened polepole.
It can sometimes be frustrating.
But also quite freeing.
“Life is like a game of soccer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life then you can’t win.” - Unknown
I have #goals.
But that’s not unusual; I always have goals. Just this week I pledged to drink more water, finish another photo book and make quesadillas.
Right now, I’m losing 3-0.