Thursday, April 7, 2011

an experience

i have pictures to share.
i didn't take as many as i wanted to.
we were terrific-ly busy in africa.
a lot of my photos are taken
from the window of a van.
i had a wonderful time there -
and wanted to sell everything
and turn around and go back
as soon as i got home.
life here seems so much more -
so here is what will probably be
my longest post ever...
the purpose of our trip was
to build a school.
we travelled to namibia
with a large group - students & adults -
43 of us to be exact.
which really is a LOT of people
for a not so people person.
don't get me wrong - i like people -
but i also need alone time.
i got no alone time.
we worked from sun-up
to sun-down - and beyond.
we cooked,
and cleaned  -
and did laundry for the whole group -
by hand.
i burned my foot - badly,
when i stepped into a village fire.
we spent time with the local children
doing a vbs program,
with songs, crafts, and games.
we did various and asundry trips to town -
local villages, and an orphanage.
i did some nursing -
and i am not a nurse.
it was all very exhausting -
but also very rewarding.
i came home confused about
whether i was helping or hindering.
i saw sad things.
i saw kids with no mamas.
i also saw some wonderous things -
we spent the last two days of our trip travelling.
we went to the beach, and sand dunes.
we drove through a safari type park.
we spent a bit of time in the foothills
of spitzkoppe - a beautiful mountain.
we shopped in a small town -
for local crafts,
and iced coffees,
and biltong, (jerky)
and hand spun wool,
and books,
and art,
and ice cream.
love the hairdo's
me with my burnt foot in a bucket of water
baobab tree
quilt shop

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