I love this little girl. I'll tell you why in just a minute. Part of the cost of our trips is in-town transportation. We usually assign 2 teams per van. Let me just say for the record: "Toyota makes an incredibly tough van!" We've rented these same vans in Rwanda and Kenya. They appear to be indestructible - they're not much too look at, though! The seats in our van were all rotted away - most of them were down to just the bare foam cushion which looked all chewed up. The van creaked and groaned and shuddered. But I'm telling you - these vans go right through deep mud like it's nothing. They also manage to maintain speeds of 80 mph while dodging traffic, passing slower cars on 2 lane roads, swerving around pedestrians, bicycle taxis, motorbikes, and goats! Every day our team got dropped off first. Then at the end of the day we waited for the other team to come back and pick us up in the afternoon. On Wednesday, the van came to pick us up without the other team. We got to go on a road trip to the other team's church site. We careened through the city streets then turned right on a 1 lane road with 2 way traffic along with all the usual street traffic. Oh, it was market day so there were tons of little mom & pop shops lining the road as well. I think we hit every pothole with all 4 wheels. The seats in the van are high off the ground so you can fit your luggage under the seat - that means tall people like Dan get their head bumped repeatedly. When we finally stopped in front of the other church site, we were pretty rattled. We settled in to wait for the other team. Dan looked a little bit green. He closed his eyes and was kind of dozing off. I was sitting in the very back seat. At least 50 kids swarmed around the van. They all were waving and smiling and trying to talk to us in broken English. They are taught some English in school. They all can say, "what is your name," "what is your country," "how are you," "my name is..." It was pretty fun to talk to them and see their response. Dan, meanwhile managed to fall asleep. The kids kept trying to get his attention, but he was out. A few kids started laughing and singing a song that included umuzungu (white person) in the lyrics. The girl in this picture was very inquisitive and friendly. She seemed very intelligent. I think her name was Alene. After she exhausted her English phrases, she started talking to me in Kirundi. Simon translated for me. Alene told me I was beautiful. Those simple words made me feel not so tired. And made me realize, again, the power of words of affirmation! She made my day.