I had the opportunity to go to Nepal for 2 weeks with 6 others to do earthquake relief work. It was a very good experience! When we arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal we stayed in the capitol for a day…resting and touring around the city. Our group..Grace Troyer, Miriam Kauffman, Kendall Lantz, Chad Stoltzfus, Johnny Smoker, Randall and I. We arose early one morning and took a 7 hour bus ride…it was an interesting experience to say the least! Loud music, packed bus, dusty mountain roads…there was many times that we would meet buses coming the other direction, and with a mountain on one side and drop off on the other, we would wonder how in the world we would get past..but we always managed to squeeze by somehow!😛 After the first bus ride we stopped in a town to wait for another bus, and we ended up being there for several hours until we managed to get a jeep ride to our next stop (a hotel). We had a great time while there in the town..playing with the kids and just observing the people. Chad got out his Spot-it game and showed some of the kids how to play. They caught on quite well and we played it for a while. Grace and Miriam taught a bunch of the little kids how to play duck duck goose. They were a lively bunch!😉 From the hotel the next morning we started our hike to our final destination. (We were going to spend a week up in the mountains helping at a village). When we started out it was raining a bit.. It was a really hard hike and we covered about 6900 ft. of elevation that day. The scenery was gorgeous! Finally about 5 1/2 hours later we were nearing the end of our hike..and we were quite exhausted!😛A typical street in the village of Lapoo. Our favorite thing…hot tea and crackers. So good. We would wake up every morning to these sights…beautiful! There were many children…and they were very friendly. We would often hear them calling out their greeting to us in Nepalian. So many adorable children. Although most of them were very dirty. We hand washed our laundry every day at the pump…and everything else we needed to wash. It was our only way of washing ourselves as well. :) We spent our days there doing a nice variety of work. The guys built a temporary house for someone....us girls got to work in the rice fields some..:) (definantly a highlight) …we hiked to the peak of the mountain one day..…went to the jungle to bring back lumber another day……and did a lot of cleaning up stones. And we had lots of tea breaks. Moving rubble.. In the evenings some the guys would often play soccer with the natives. And the rest of us would hangout with the children on the sidelines. We were all very entertained. Our last day there we spent the day at the creek relaxing…it was gorgeous. We had a great time in the village and i think it was an experience that none of us will forget anytime soon.
This wonderful family generously fed and hosted us the whole week. One last pic at the top of the mountain before we headed down.It was so fun being there with Miriam and Grace. We had a lot of good times together! :) We spent about 2 days in the capitol before we headed home, just relaxing and exploring the city.
Going on this adventure with Randall was pretty cool too.😉
One last pic from the airplane, of the mountains above the clouds.
The trip to Haiti was a dream come true! I went with my sister Charlene, Ada Stoltzfus, Andrea and Ariana Lapp, and Sonya and Krista Stoltzfus. Ada was the one that kind of got everything together…she had lived there for about a year and a half and knew her way around. She did a wonderful job of giving us a well rounded experience of Haiti! Many good memories were made! Our trip was January 2-15.
The day after we got there we headed to a beach house about 2 hours away from the main Water for Life mission house where we were based. It was a great way to start the trip, relaxing for a couple days before we started traveling around a lot.
We were all quite happy to be in the warmth!Attempting to open a coconut..
Finally after a long time Ariana finally got it open!The first day on the beach these 3 boys came and visited us…we attempted to play soccer with them though they were away better than us and majorly beat us at it. We also tried to teach them spike ball.. it kinda worked. The language barrier made it quite interesting at times! Though Ada did help a lot with translating.The next day they brought back about 10 of their friends! It definantly made the beach an interesting experience! It was a lot of fun though! We drank a lot of 7up and Coke! It was very refreshing on a hot day!The group..i like them.There were 3 sets of sisters on the trip…:)The last evening at the beach we went to a resort for supper and had genuine haitian food. Rook was pretty much the game the whole trip! Andrea and I always won…ok so maybe that is just wishful thinking..we didn’t win all the time.😉Back at the base one day we went to watch Ivan drill wells. It was a really cool experience!
It seemed like the whole village was out to watch! And they definantly made themselves at home on the truck!
They were all so fascianted by the camera, it was very entertaining to see their expressions where they looked at the pictures!These little boys esp. loved the camera..so i told them to make a silly face (actually i had to demonstrate because they couldn’t understand what i was saying), so they made lots of faces while i took pictures and then showed it to them. They would just laugh and laugh! :) These dear little girls sat up onto of the truck with us about the whole time we were there…and we communicated the best we could!Later on it the week we took trip to an orphanage and clinic that was way up in the mountains! And wow that was quite the experience! We traveled about 5-6 hours and the roads half the time were so bumpy it was a bit of a challenge at times to stay on the truck, depending where you were sitting. The the scenery was gorgeous..the mountains, the ocean in the distance, the twists and turns in the roads..it was beautiful!
Our mode of transportation! We made a lot of memories riding on the back of that truck!
Ivan was Ada’s brother and the other girls uncle. He drove us around most of the time.Riding ontop of the truck on this trip proved to be quite tricky at times as we bumped over the roads! But it was a party!At the orphanage..The clinic..One sunday afternoon a group of us went to a lookout..The after effects of truck rides..:)
The last part of our trip we went to Laogon Girls Home and spent several days there.I was quite shocked when i met up with Grace in Haiti! I had no idea she was down there until she comes riding up in a truck! The expression on my face was shocked to say the least…:) It was great seeing her again!Right before we left for the airport and headed to the freezing north!😛
Yes, it was a trip to be remembered!
These two are quite special to me and i had the privilege of taking their engagement pictures this past summer. They are getting married next weekend and i am super excited about gaining another amazing sister-in-law!
I like them…ALOT!😉