Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Chalbi Desert

The class with the best results at school were rewarded with a special treat - a day out. Where's the best place to take kids for a day trip, when they live in the semi-desert? Yup, you've got it - the full on desert!!

On the way to The Chalbi Desert we stopped in Kargi. And one of the first people we met? Sam (above), who showed us his pet scorpion... Don't try this at home: these little beasties pack a heavy punch, causing intense pain for 24 hours, but the good news is, if you're still alive after a day, you're probably going to live. Needless to say, I didn't let the scorpion ride on my arm! And then the rain came...

After a few hours it was decided that the roads were clear enough of water for us to continue to the desert. Upon arrival, flat nothingness for mile after mile greeted us, with Ethiopia visible in the distance. Undeterred, the kids marched off towards the middle of nowhere. Check out the mirage picture!

And just to prove that I was actually there...
A glorious day, really. On days like this, it's great to have someone to thank. Makes me think of some words from Psalm 100:

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.[a]
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
And how did the day end?

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