Last week we had quite a few directed research days and since mine leaves me with a flexible schedule, I decided to join some other projects as well. The two birders, Aimee and Lauren, go out every morning around 5:45am to do bird counts and observations around the salinas (old salt ponds--a surprisingly great bird habitat). I joined them and took some pictures of both the area (thinking that we only have a few weeks left to capture this place!) and of them for the professor running the project. It was fun to join them and have a nice, quiet morning but there is no way I could handle tromping around in the mud and shrubbery at 6am every morning! Here's what we were up to.
Later that week our socioeconomic professor took us to tour Sail Rock, a high-end developer building sustainable villas on the northeast side of the island. It is a wild ride up there--a good 45 minutes over terribly pot-holey roads with sporadic donkeys and water-filled ditches--and I was in the back of a pickup truck, not the most comfortable! It was a fun time though, and on the way home I was in one of the 15passenger vans. SFS works with this company and so the developer came to speak earlier about the missions of Sail Rock and their sustainability objectives; on site he gave us a lose tour of the show villa--mainly just opening the doors and letting us explore. It is a very cool development: built on the premise that bigger is NOT better, and luxury does not have to mean excessive mansions, it has front to back windows that allow a through breeze and minimize use of the AC, lots of glass for natural lighting, a one-story frame with 3 modest bedrooms and baths, and an infinity swimming pool run off a solar pump. It was fun to see the life that some people will experience on South Caicos--- SO FAR DIFFERENT FROM OURS. We do NOT live in this luxury even if our friends think it when they hear we're in the Caribbean;). (We have the no AC, no couch, no white objectives anywhere, bug-filled version. That stuff would not last with our kind of life).
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.