Mercy Huts has had our first guests!
Danielle, Simon and the girls stayed with us for an entire month and fell in love with the place… Just like we have! Here are some photo’s to up date you on the ‘goings on’ as well as some excerts from Ashlea, Talia and Jaime’s ‘travel log’.
Arriving in Kupang through the eyes of a 9 year old:
DAY 2 “The flight to Kupang was 1 hour and a half. Once we got off the plane everyone was taking pictures of us.. Then we went outside to get in the car and everyone started staring because we were white not black. Some people even tried to take pictures of us. Also they came over and tried to pinch us! Then we started driving to the Maya Hotel …..I got out of the car and looked up and got such a suprise that I jumped. There were my cousins and Auntie Nat and Uncle Matt beacause they weren’t supposed to be meeting us till tomorrow on the island. I kept pinching myself to see if it was a dream. Anyway at dinner we went to the markets and everyone was staring at us. We made a few jokes, took a few pictures. We met a girl and then all went to bed safe and sound”
DAY 3 (from Talia’s log)
“At Kupang. The next day we got our clothes on and then for breakfast we had a boiled egg and toast with chocolate inside. We packed up and drove to the ferry…. When we got off the ferry we went in a bus to the orphanage. At the orphanage we were playing with the girls and boys (but not the boys). After that we drove a long, long time before we got there. When we got there everyone was so excited and the first thing we did was go for a look around and then went in the water for a swim. When we got out it was time to get ready and go to the Resort for dinner”
DAYS 4-10. (Ashlea)
“I did lots of surfing and motorbike riding. I was wet more than dry most of the days. I got dumped once, I got scraped by the fin of the board and got flipped (because of Uncle Matt). Saw my first shooting star. Went to soccer games. Nemberala won. “Yes!” They won out of the whole Island. Chopped lots of coconuts down and ate them, I did not really like it though. Played a few games of soccer with the Indonesian boys and girls. Met an Indonesian girl named Shelly. Found it hard to communicate with her speaking Indonesian and learnt a few more words in Indonesian.”
“On day 12 we got invited to Delfiana`s house (a local girls house) for lunch and we saw the B2 pig (B for big and 2 for 2metres). It was as big as Mollys 5 year old brother! For lunch we had a bowl of rice, vegies and chicken.It was amazing to see how they live.”
Jaime was too busy playing soccer every sunset with her new Indonesian friends and surfing to write much in her travel log. But when we asked what were her favourite things about the island, these were her words: “I loved that the money is so cheap.” (??!) “I love that the people are so friendly. I loved being right on the beach and being able to swim whenever we want.”