So this morning we actually got to sleep in (until 9), praise the Lord! We could have gone to church, but I didn’t have dressy clothes so I figured I would just rest and go next week. We got up and had breakfast and then headed off to the market at 10:30. The market was so cute! They had a ton of homemade things (along with non-homemade things of course) and it was just so cool to see the existing talent that so many people had. I bought my brother a couple of souvenirs today and was told about 5 minutes later that I may not be allowed to bring them back to the states with me, but hopefully it all works out! There were also seals (or sea lions??) there that were so cute! After the market, we did some habitat work to prepare for Mandela Week (THAT STARTS TOMORROW AHHHH EXCITEMENT). The habitat work was kind of frustrating. There was a lot of confusion, which caused things to have to be done multiple times, which is never fun. However, we got it done (and learned a war chant before leaving, which is always fun) and headed back to the hostel and had free time until supper at 6. On the way back we played the high-low game. It’s essentially a game where everyone states their favorite moment from the week, followed by their worst moment of the week. I love the high-low game because it really just allows you to get to know the people you’re working with more and lets you see what makes people happy/sad which is always interesting. After arriving at the hostel, Reed, Jane, & I decided to take a quick walk to the beach to watch the sunset and along the way decided to stop at a McDonald’s for snacks (where I ate McDonald’s for the first time since 9th grade– other than apple pies, fries, or sweet tea– but the food is better here). Anyways, back to the beach. It was about a 15 minute walk and it was well worth it (I’l post some glorious pictures below). While we were at the beach, we were watching the sunset and saw a lighthouse a little distance away that we decided to RUN (jog, occasionally walk) to so that we could be at the lighthouse before dark to get some good pictures in. Well bad news, we ran for no reason because we didn’t make it in time, but good news: 1) we passed a lot of puppies (which made my heart happy) and 2) we still have a good number of days left here so we can always go back. We got back to the hostel in time for supper, which was a lamb roast. I tried it with an open mind, but just did not enjoy it. Jane and I decided we probably needed to go get real food for supper, so we headed to the waterfront where I got a croissant (super nutritional, I know…) When we got back, we talked to and hung out with some of our friends at the hostel and then decided to call it a night. Most people are asleep, but I think I’ve got a cold or sinuses and can not sleep so I’m up writing my blog, hoping to make myself tired. We have to wake up at 5:45 tomorrow morning, so I’m gonna try and get some rest now! Please pray for us and the work we will be doing! Good night (or good afternoon there)!
Side note: today both our bus driver and workers at the hostel told us that we were the first group of Americans that they have worked with that they like because we have manners and that made me really happy and really proud to represent Mercer. Go Bears. Go southern hospitality.
I love seeing cute little seals everywhere! Looking like a tourist is my specialty.
We made it to the beach! Saw the sunset…
Thanks for photographing our run, Reed.