It goes without saying that we were a bit culture shocked when we arrived in Provo.... seeing real roads, and cars, and white people, and palm trees... it was all so wondrous after 7 weeks on South but especially after 3 days of camping in a bug rainforest. We had a tour bus pick us up at the dock and to see everyone's face when they stepped on and into the first AC they'd had in a month was pretty funny (we actually rode the same bus when we arrived at the beginning of the program and all thought it was kind of crappy and old then). Oh how your appreciation levels and perspective changes!
So we first went to our hotel where we probably looked homeless as we sprawled out on the chaise lounges all covered in bug bites and old camping clothes and gear. The interns set out groceries to make pack lunches out of and then we were briefed by our professor on how the survey was going to go, and then we split into our groups and headed out. We left around 11 and were instructed to return at 6 for dinner or when our surveys ran out.... so a long day, shooting for around 300 surveys total. My group was assigned the beach in front of Club Med, Grace Bay, and some other very foofy resorts. It was kind of interesting to talk to tourists accustomed to this luxury, but we felt a bit out of place in our SFS t-shirts (plus we really just wanted to be in the gorgeous water;). We took a break for lunch and then headed out for barely 45 minutes until it started monsoon dumping on us. We immediately headed back for the resort but the 15 minute walk back had us ABSOLUTELY soaked through. Of course, when you live on a water-scarce remote island, this was nothing to be sad about... we were thrilled for the freshwater shower! We weren't very presentable after that so we waited around to get our bags and change clothes before heading out for a little longer. Later that afternoon we all finally checked into our rooms and took blissful real showers (hot water!!) before getting pizza (real pizza!! haven't had this in a month either!) for dinner. We had a few presentations that evening before being released to explore Provo (translation: get ice cream;). Most of us crashed early after enjoying hi-speed internet---another real luxury!
The next morning consisted of a tour of the conch farm-- a local attempt at aquaculture-- before getting released for break! The excitement was high at noon when our professors finally said we were free to go and just to be back on South the following Monday by 5pm!
Most of the group were splitting hotel rooms in Provo, and another group was flying to Grand Turk, but I was headed to Jamaica (which I was super excited about!). So after having lunch with another SFS girl, I got a taxi to the airport and headed out of the TCI.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.