Monday, August 2, 2010

You Better Belize it!

I cannot believe that it has been almost a month since I got back from Belize. This was my third Son Servants trip, and this one was just as great as the first two! We shared our week in Corazol Town with another church from Pennsylvania. While we were there, the work groups spent time at 2 different churches. At the Corazol church, the groups worked on a pathway and a block fence. The groups at the Calcutta church did a vacation bible school and finished a septic tank. Below is the church at Calcutta. It has been in progress for several years now.

Above is the septic tank that was finished while we were there. Several groups spent the last 3 years digging out this pit. So, it was amazing to see it blocked in and covered up in the week that were there.

Courtney tying rebar to build the top of the septic tank

And there is the finished project!

Here is what VBS looked like in Belize. The kids came in the afternoon, and we would sing, do bible stories, and crafts.
One of the super cute kids with his creation!

The kids loved playing sports. The world cup was going on while we were there, and soccer fever had taken over the country. The people who lived around the work site would keep us updated on the football scores.

Above is my soccer injury. Yes, I am so coordinated that i kicked a child and not the ball. My foot still hurts!
Here are some of our twins with a set of Belizan twins.
On our free day, we visited a place called Jaguar Paw. You can see their website here. The two options we had were cave tubing and zip lining. as you can see below, I chose the tubing.

This is where we ended our tube. We wore headlamps and floated along under 3 different sections of caves. I am not a huge fan of caving (ask anyone who was in Kentucky with me during my thesis research, that is another story for another day!), but this was the most relaxing thing.
Here is where we stayed. We were very lucky to be in a hotel for this trip.
Even better than being in a hotel was getting to look at the water everyday!

The food down there was amazing. I love spicy food and cilantro, which was good because every meal had those two elements involved. I don't know if the kids were always thrilled with what was offered, but we made trips down to the grocery store each day to buy chips and cokes, so no one starved :) For example, when we arrived, the Son Servants staff walked us across the street to a restaurant (if you have ever been, its the big building with something about Jesus painted on the outside). The first thing the kids saw was a chicken claw hanging out with the food in the steam table. I don't think it made a good first impression. I did eat there, but I made sure to pick something that was not hanging out with any animal appendages. Below is the little beach shack where I got the best bar b que chicken I have had in a long time.
An orchid, you didn't think I could travel someplace where the national flower is an orchid and not take a picture, right?

And ending with the welcome sign. I would have put it up higher but I am still having trouble formatting on blogspot. Side note- the rotary symbol was on every sign in this town.

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