After our big day out on Saturday, which included shopping time in Jakar, it was great to have a day of rest. We slept in and then did a few household chores before wandering down the road for a bit of exercise on Sunday afternoon.
A group of Year 10 girls joined us near the bridge, where we watched some women beating the rice to separate it. We had a go, it was exhausting after about two minutes! We have become so soft in our comfortable western lives.
Then we walked across the swinging bridge and down to the river. Some gorgeous lichen on the trees and beautiful rocks in the river, which was a tad too cool to swim in. We sat for a while with the girls, encouraging them to talk, which they did in a very shy way. It was a lovely afternoon. We sang our national anthem for them and they sang a love song for us. They were all gorgeous young girls, with plans and aspirations for their futures. It would be wonderful to know if their dreams and goals come true. Let’s hope so!