Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi

We're still in the "Mumbai for Beginners" stage so aren't going this year but today marks the 11th and final day of Ganesh Chaturthi, a local festival honoring the god Ganesh. Families and communities worship large Ganesh statues made of plaster and then take them down to Chowpatty beach, along with about 3 million other Mumbaikers, and immerse them in the ocean.

Our neighborhood Ganesh was getting ready to set off for the beach so Liam and I headed out to see the excitment. Unfortunately, it was all a bit to much for him with the firecrakers and smoke, but it was very cool and I think we'll have to make the trip to the beach next year.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Liam's First Day of School

Liam started school at the French school. It was a traditional French "rentree" and they did a kooky call to all the students - the teachers line 'em up and do a rolll call. It was interesting and he seemed to have a good time. The facility is nice and just down the block from work. Adhering to French hours, he goes full time every day except for Wednesdays, which is a half day. He's taking some tumbling and storytelling classes at a local Gymboree style club which keeps him busy the rest of the week.