The foursome graciously invited us into their home of mud and wood. Lit only by cracks in the walls made of wood, dung and mud, it was so dark inside I had to ask them to stand by the doorway to take a picture.
The kids sang me songs while I shot photos. I showed them the results on my camera’s LCD and they burst into giggles and excitement, singing and dancing for nearly 20 minutes so they could see themselves again and again.
Their mother was more reserved, but very sweet. I could see by her expression that she enjoyed watching her kids have fun and we fell into a relaxed visit that was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
This is what travel is all about: special moments like this, shared with people you meet along the way.We didn’t speak each others’ language but thankfully, smiles (and an LCD) are universal.