Now one surprising thing about this trip (apart from Japan where we stayed with a family) has been that there have been no children. Like anywhere. All the other travellers have been either older adults or backpackers. The only exception was a French family of four who were doing the exact same thing as we - hitting the road for a year. We met them on the way to Cat Ba and shared one of the bus rides with them. It was great to speak French, and the Mom took the entire time to tell me how terrified she was about her kids' future because apparently in France if you opt out of the institutional school system once, they will never have you back. So go away for a year and that's it.
Wow again more reason to be so grateful for the many progressive policies we enjoy in British Columbia. Our government not only lets us be homelearners, they support it by providing us a personal learning consultant, and some financial support for learning resources. And if we ever want to try the regular school, it is always there for us.
But I digress. Here we are in Thailand and we have made a friend! Hooray! Her name is Ustina and she is from - Vladivostok. Lili and Ustina swim together, play together and they even did homework together. (Not that we even have any, but Ustina seems to have fairly set hours for schoolwork, so one day Lili whipped out our barely used 'Canadian Curriculum' book and plowed through several pages of Math and English just to be part of the action).
So this has been great, and since Ustina speaks about as little English as I speak Russian we both have had a great time practicing.
Kak Veselo! Horoshoo.