Wednesday, December 30, 2009
All the kids Alaine, Elaine, Adilson, Geverton, Bruna Gabriella, Hudson, Adlane
The boys being "tough guys"
Sunday we just went to church and actually got to listen to Sister Beck, Elder Scott, and President Erying give a country wide conference and of course we were a big hit with the americano missionaries especially the ones new to the area who loved hearing some English.Finally Monday we met up in San Luis again and the Mayor let us take his bus with all the kids in it and a few friends up north to a few of the beaches. We swam, played this dodgeball like game, king of the raft, and of course soccer. Oh and we went up and found Gomino that morning so he came to the beach to with us. The bus was so funny that day too because on the way we were singing to some of the kids phones that really just play music and we did a little freestyle too - they would sing us a song in Portuguese and we would have to sing in English. But on the way home we were all so tired that half the group fell asleep - it was a great day! Then unfortunately our short stay had ended and it was time to go back home!
The dodgeball battle: Boys vs Girls
The boys are the King of the Raft
Why do we like throwing children in the air?
Our last lunch together with all the kids!
We had one last dinner with Teresa and her family and I had to say goodbye to my little friend Sophia who was the only one who didn't care if I spoke English or Portuguese, we got along just fine! Also side note as we walked around with them to look at some "Papa Noel" lights by this one hotel we totally saw a guy get robbed for his wallet - the kids on bikes lifted up there shirts to show a gun but luckily the guy threw the wallet and ran and the kids rode off - it was really fast but to be honest we were far enough away and with such a big group that we weren't even that scared it was just crazy though - and for when my parents read this I promise that we try to be as safe as possible!
This is what I call addiction - just kidding it was like midnight and she fell asleep while we waited to get our room keys!
Yeah when you've been on a few trips this is bound to happen, unplanned!
That first night we had a great soccer tournament that had eight teams they played for 5 minutes each and the winner advanced while the losers battled it out for a double elimination tournament. The little boys won the loser's bracket and we had a proper Mexican vs American championship game but before what do you have to do - eat Gorilla Feet pizza of course! We ordered all this pizza from this place called Gorilla Feet they were huge and it was hilarious but surprisingly good.
The finish of the computer lab we built at the Kindergarten!
The next day we went up to the school and taught classes - my group was third grade math and fractions, and then of course we put on a carnival - I was stationed at the human parachute and we got the kids flying - sometimes too high but we caught everyone of them! There faces were the best some were so surprised and we were too when the first kid flipped in the air totally unplanned - Once again NO CHILDREN WERE HURT IN THIS STUNT! Then it culminated with a giant flour war - what a great idea, we passed out bags of flour, not dyed just plain white and when they said go it was on - the worst was after the flour was on the ground and some kids tried to pick it up and recycle it with another throw so then it had like sand and pebbles mixed in - no bueno!
The Human Parachute!
That afternoon we got the kids all dressed up by clothes that had been donated for them and then the real surprise - four limos pulled up! We took the kids through Ensenada to Wal Mart where they had a pillow case (on the outside was there name and on the inside was the name of who they were shopping for) each kid had a volunteer with them and they were given a budget of $500 pesos so about $50 US and we went shopping for about 45 min. Then they came home to a red carpet and a five course meal (mozzarella sticks, soup, salad, lasagna and bread sticks, and dessert of their choice). While the volunteers ate the kids quickly changed and then we got everyone together for the present tunnel of volunteers where they announced the kids names and they run through the tunnel of cheering volunteer to the end where we had organized it so each kid received a gift from the person who bought for them and then turned around and gave the gift they had bought for the next kid - that was great! Then it was a mad opening of presents and a lot of smiles and shouts from the kids to each other like thank you for the gift!
The kids were so surprised!
My Shopping buddy Jose!
The Red Carpet and "The Tunnel"
We finished the trip with a quick stop in Ensenada and then to our favorite taco stand and finally to sleep on the beach after a great little dance party only to get up at the crack of dawn to head back to Utah! There were some great people on this trip and my friend Amy Lou even flew all the way from Tennessee to come too and it's weekends like these that are some of my favorites!
My Grandma and me!
But I also had a good week, we went to some movies together and played some games - my parents had to leave early and head over to Rexburg to look at a few more houses for the upcoming move (not until this summer still). It was just a mellow weekend but very enjoyable to just get some down time with the family.
Like Father like son - a vision in Khaki!
My cousin Scott and his niece Shaylee
Oh by the way if you're ever in Boise there is this great old school restaurant downtown called Rockies - my Grandparents took me there for breakfast and there is great food for an amazing price and the waitresses skate around on roller skates but they seriously haul - it's impressive!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Dancing hard with their "routine"!
This was the can-can and one time Joe tried to kick so high that he slipped and fell, it just added to the overall performance!
Our last night and Joe's final creme brulee (16 total on cruise!)
First night sorry so blurry the only one I could find right now!
Ladies in black!
Finally we said our goodbyes to the crew members who really made our trip so much fun and to the few friends we made - well mostly my mom to the friends that she made, we walk down to the room and she'd be stopping and would say "Oh that was just my friend ____!"
But really the cruise was excellent, we loved the places we went, the cruiseline itself, and the people that we met it was truly a vacation to remember!
This was a shot of a few buildings from the ship but it doesn't do justice to the colors really!
This was as the bridge was swinging back closed!Then we went over and checked out the floating market - these last two islands are only about 20 miles away from Venezuela so they ship over a lot of the meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables and sell them from their boats. Also a lot of Pelicans hang around looking for a free meal as they chop up the fish and throw the extras back into the water!
Afterward we just got a taxi to one of the closest beaches but we weren't super impressed because there were just too many people and it was too populated to really enjoy ourselves but we did snorkel just a bit more and try to soak up our last day on land before heading back to the ship for a final two days at sea!
Then we drove over to the World's largest land bridge - well where it had been, it collapsed a few years back but they had another baby land bridge right next to it so we stopped there and on the way we found this old abandoned Fort along the coast constucted with these great rocks! So we stopped to do a little exploring!
Posing in the windows and jumping to the shelf over Joe's head!
The Natural Land Bridge that had collapsed
Just running into The Danger Zone, and Annie and I posing on the Baby Land Bridge making bridges with our bodies - trying to spice our pictures up!
We then drove on through Aruba's National Park which actually has quite a bit of land preserved and we also ended up at these caves that at one time had been right along the coast and formed by the water constantly pounding in - there were all these tour guides to show us the ancient pictures of chiefs that were all high on mushrooms when they painted and they showed us the dripping of these minerals over many years, and our guide Valentino (aka Rambo) told us that the fruit bats lived in the very back of the cave and that they bite you if you try to catch them and after he finished that speech he was like "so you want me to take you to the end of the cave" It only took about ten minutes of course I paused briefly or just went stiff everytime a bat flew by me and the further we went into the cave the HOTTER it got - well just much more humid so we were dripping with sweat by the time we got to the end but it was still really fun.
The ancient drawings and crawling through the cave - notice how sweaty I am it was HOT!
Our guide Rambo and the three of us at the end of the tunnel
Afterward we just went to one more beach to cool off before we headed back to turn in the car. If I go again I guess some other places to stop, besides the rum factory, is the water refinery plant which cleanses a lot of water for the islands, and the gold mining factory which has been reopened I think due to the price of gold right now!