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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Life In South Africa after 1 Week.

Well, it's hard to believe it has been 1 week since I left Miami on my way to South Africa. Carolyne and I flew out of Miami on the night of the 28th. I stayed with Jazmin Rodriguez who was a student in AIM with us, but decided not to go to the field. It was so good to see her and meet her family! She took me to the airport where I met Carolyne before heading to London, where we were to meet our team. We had a very nice flight and arrived in London on schedule. About two hours after we arrived in London, we ran into Logan in a shop at the airport. It was good to see him and the rest of our team. We had about a 9 hr. layover before heading to Johannesburg. That time was taken by sleep and boredom. When it was time to board we all went through the line....well, not all of us. Carolyne and I found out as we handed the attendant that we would not be travelling on that flight as we had thought. We were apparently booked on a earlier flight that had already left and didn't know it. The team booked our flights with an agent and a mistake was made. So... we re-booked our flight for the next day while the rest of our team headed to Africa without us! It turned out fine. We got hotel room and were able to go into London and see the city the next day before our flight left that evening. We got to see Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, and Big Ben. We also made it in time to see the changing of the guard at the palace. It was wonderful. Once we arrived in Port Elizabeth our team was there and happy to see us. Our home is amazing. We all have our own rooms except Brittney and Liz who chose to share. Our coordinators have been wonderful in getting us settled. They are feeding us well, and loving on us pleanty. We got to go to a local gathering of all the congregations the first 3 nights we were there as a retreat type thing was going on. It was nice to be able to meet so many brothers and sisters right away. We already have a particular friend, Andrew who is spendig the day with us today. He is 18 and very excited we are here. Yesterday we were able to go to a local game reserve where we were able to see elephant, kudo, wart hog, tortise, and several other local critters. By the day we were shocked that the animals seemed "old hat" to us. Unbelievable! Our internet situation is not quite as we expected so far, but we are hoping to improve it shortly. Currently we are paying by the data used, so we are using air time cautiously. I will try to post pictures soon. Sorry. I love you all and look forward to hearing from you and posting more soon.


Beth said...

Hey girl, I miss you so much. I am so happy that you and your team are in Africa and are safe. Please give my love to Brittney and Logan. Love ya! Beth

Jeanie said...

The new pics are great - you will have to add some of the pics from London - we are still trying to get back to normal! So glad you are getting settled in - I am sure the time will go fast, as you will be busy doing the Lords work and in between trying to see as much as you can. Miss you much. Love and prayers Jeanie

Jeff Smith said...

What happened to the whole notion of a poor suffering missionary??!! It looks like you guys are having a great time (and that's how it should be!). I'll try to watch for your blog and stay in touch. Just know we all miss you and are very proud of you and the whole team.

To Him be praise!

Guy & Nan said...

HI CRAZY! Well, I didn't see an Abuelos in those pictures of Africa. I guess you can just eat some bugs or something. You are lookin good over there. Life in Houston is crazy and I am definetely a house wife...AHHHHHHHH - Anyways, Aspen and I will hop on the first Flight to Africa we can find..TLC friends forever - nan

Kris said...

I am standing right here not even believing it. Just unbelievable! Do you miss anything yet?