So Sunday was a little weird being here and not in church, but so far it was ok. Since Sundays are our only unscheduled day (to not get up before 7), I slept in until 10:30 (come on... everyone who knows me should not be surprised;). Then I had a relaxing time getting ready before our 11am brunch, cooked by the students on Sunday's kitchen crew. We usually have 2 local women who cook for us, but they are off on Sundays so we come up with and cook our own meals. The group made breakfast burritos and waffles and they were DELICIOUS.
Then a group of us headed out to East Bay beach which was a 15 minute walk from the Center. We were dripping sweat by the time we got there, and the ocean was PERFECT. It was literally a perfect Caribbean beach.. white sands, gently sloping deeper, green-blue water so clear you can always see the bottom. Some of us floated to where it was 20 feet deep and you could still see the bottom! This beach is outside of a new resort complex (one of 2 on the island) that has some complicated history.. it isn't open and may be a front for drugs..? No one really knows, but it is a really nice brand-new resort that isn't open. Such is the tourism-sector on South (nothing is really open yet or ready). Plus there is no infrastructure in place... good roads, eating facilities, regular ferry/plane access... to support large crowds.
I came back to spend the afternoon in my room (my roommates were out) with fans blowing on me, listening to a sermon from earlier this summer. I tried to use the AC streamer app but apparently internet wasn't fast enough to get that to work.. maybe later this trip. It was wonderful to relax and refresh with some really good direction from the Word. But even though I am not a great singer I missed being able to sing in church--- I love the messages in our hymns and I love singing them.
The hours of the afternoon seemed to drag on for most of us, and I read, studied (marine identification test on Thursday), and listened to music in the hammocks and by the pool. Pretty much moving around to avoid the sun and find some cool (it has been even hotter and no breeze).
The dinner kitchen crew made Chinese food... and snickerdoodles!! We don't have dessert here except for special occasions (like birthdays), and the cooks make very healthy stuff. There are always vegetarian and vegan options, and it has been pretty good so far (even for a picky eater like me;). We have a lot of cooked vegetable stir fries, rice, beans, spaghetti, pizza (one time so far.. delicious!!), hamburgers, bonefish, sweet potatoes, and fresh/canned fruit. The food comes in every 2 weeks on a shipment from Miami, so towards the end of the 2 weeks there is less variety (so we've heard, we haven't really experienced yet. But definitely less fresh fruit towards the end). We also have Meatless Mondays and Seafood Saturdays, and we compost most of the food or feed it to the dogs that hang around the center. Anyway, the crew yesterday is trying to set a precedent that Sunday kitchen crew makes desserts because everyone is craving sweets (I am soooo glad that Mom sent me some "surprises" including s'mores pop-tarts because I am going through chocolate withdrawal right now!!;).
Last night was more of the same.. studying, reading, and enjoying the sunset. Island time (at least on non-scheduled days) goes by really slow, which is kind of nice. I literally swung in a hammock with my music for a good hour last night when the stars came out. That part will be hard to adjust to coming back, but the cockroach on my door last night will not be missed!! (I didn't scream though!).
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.