When I left for the one year trip, I always knew that I’ll be leaving the things I cared about for one year. However I never expect the thing I cared about to leave for good. My precious cat Zoe that I loved so much died when we were on our one year trip at Egypt, Luxor.
“Kids, I have bad news,” Annie said soberly after reading her Wechat messages. “Zoe is sick. Xiao Xia said that after seeing the veterinarian, she has not been eating or drinking and is losing weight.”
Annie continued, “At the vet, they took her blood for testing and Zoe got really scared. After that she seems to be worse. The result of the test showed that something is wrong but the vet seemed not to know what he is doing. Xiao Xia said that the vet was flipping through medical books to understand the test result. Just the test cost RMB750 already.”
“Can we call the doctor that used to see Zoe? I don’t want her to be scared again…” Joani said almost bursting into tears thinking about the emotional and physical trauma Zoe might have just gone through. “Can we fly back to China now?”
“Who will plan my birthday next year…” Olivia sobbed with tears running down her cheeks. “Who will spend Thanksgiving with me next year…Who will be excited about my birthday…?”
Olivia sat cross-legged on a large stripped cushion that covered the entire deck of the felucca sailboat. She was crying and holding the drawings and gifts she had just received from all of us for her 19th birthday. Continue reading Celebrating Thanksgiving and Birthday in Egypt
Tenting on a sand dune sounds crazy! But we did it the day before my dad’s birthday. The sand dune was fun, tiring, and an amazing pre- celebration of my dad’s birthday. Continue reading Pre-Birthday Sand Dune