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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Matanzas July 31st 2014

The Games People Play (Stan’s Reflections) The Spanish word for “game” (as in baseball game, or game of cards) is “partido.” Our first month here has been filled with “partidos” of all sorts. It was great to be in a Latin American country during World Cup time and experience the intensity of highly partisan soccer fans. We also got to watch some of the friendhip series taking place here between the Cuban national baseball team and a group of U.S. collegiate all-stars. What is more fun, though, is watching Cubans at play on an everday basis. A wonderful part of the culture here is that they really do know how to play. From stickball and soccer in the streets and parks to card games and dominoes on the sidewalks, they play with great abandon and full-throated ... read more
Pass the Pigs
Neighborhood Futbol
Sidewalk Dominoes

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Matanzas July 31st 2014

Max Cap (Kim’s reflections) Stan and I were reviewing our travels since we arrived about one month ago, and we realized that we have been surrounded by angels on every trip. Most every transport has been filled like a can of sardines, and in the heat of Cuba, it’s cooked sardines! Delicious! Every trip has also had its unique components. We went to Camaguey to visit our sister church, and it was a beautiful family reunion to see old friends who are now family. The children call us “Uncle Stan and Aunt Kim.” That more than anything else has helped me understand the concrete reality of all of us being members of the family of God. On one trip we were picking up children, youth and adults from four churches to go on an outing to ... read more
music on the bus
Pastors for Peace Bus
Stan with niece Nailen


Yesterday I talked on the phone with my mom for about an hour and she just kept telling me that I needed to post on my blog as soon as possible because my fans were getting antsy. Well guys, I’m sorry I haven’t been writing as much as I would like but it gets pretty busy down here in Haiti. Since my weekend “gateway” in the Southern part of Haiti, there are many stories I would like to share with everyone. Thursday night was Gina’s birthday so we decided it was time to find some American food (something other than rice and beans). Everyone got as dressed up as they could as the days just keep getting hotter and hotter. We ate at this place near the airport called the shack. Brittany and I shared the ... read more
Amazingness
Community Health Day
Community Health Day


At Sea: During today we will continue to steam on a West South Westerly course across the Caribbean Sea towards Bonaire. The Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean located in the tropics of the Western hemisphere. It is bounded by the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Central America to the west and southwest, to the north by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by the north coast of South America. Today’s history lesson is now over.... read more
Tropical fish
Shadow of a man-eater


St. Lucia: What a wonderful day firstly we boarded a catamaran for a cruise around the harbour, then headed out to sea towards the coral reefs for a snorkeling adventure. Luckily for us we were not permitted to consume any rum punch until after we had finished our snorkeling. Once back onboard the rum started to flow quite readily and all our party consumed copious amounts especially Colleen!! She over indulged a little bit to the extent that when the cat docked it took two other ladies and myself to assist her back to the ship. On the way we thought we had lost her, and on backtracking found her perched in a garden bed, she must have been having a rest. It took a bit of difficulty to get her back to our stateroom and ... read more
Water Babe
Go Pro
Water Babe No. 2

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba July 27th 2014

Cuban Blog Day #13 Ask the Right Questions I took a $15 CUC taxi back to Holguin from Gibara. I had just missed the bus to take me to Camaguey. It was very disappointing as it meant I had to choose between waiting for three hours or taking another taxi and spending more money. I’d asked la dueña and some other folks around Gibara what the schedule was, but nobody knew it. Viazul is a bus mostly for tourists. It is much more expensive and nicer than the busses for locals. Because of this, most locals do not know the schedule. I decided to take another taxi the three hours north to Camaquey. I didn’t want to waste any more of my precious little time left in Cuba. I was already freaking out about ... read more
The view from my little plaza
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Antigua, the first settlement dates back to 2400 B.C. Antigua and Barbuda are located in the centre of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the largest of all English speaking Leeward Islands and has a population of 85,000. Antiguan’s love their cricket and is home to some of the best players ever to play the game, namely Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts. Today we did a tour of Nelson’s Dockyard who in 1784 would have had little reason to believe that the port would develop into one of Great Britain’s most important military bases. The influence of Admiral Nelson can be seen in the dramatic architecture of the forts that dominate the landscape. Nelson’s Admiralty house sands tall in the dockyard unfortunately he never slept there as it was ... read more
Shirley Heights
Very Colourful
Antigua


And so my time here in Jinotepe comes to an end. In nine weeks this community has truly become a home to me. I have gained a new family in my home stay (¡muchisimas gracias a mi familia nicaragüense!), worked alongside the wonderful employees of the Centro de Salud Jinotepe, and explored the natural beauty of Nicaragua. The 15 minute walk to and from work twice a day has become the most natural activity and I can't imagine that I will not be doing it again next Monday. At the Centro I have been welcomed as a fellow employee and I feel comfortable and useful there. I have gained at least 8 new mothers in form of the nurses and doctors who work at the Centro, all of whom love to check in and remind me ... read more
Final test
Anticonceptive Activity
Certificados!


The last entry ended with us leaving Playa Gigante to walk to a spot called Colorados. Of course, he explained the directions as "yeah pretty much follow the path there's a Y at some point, stay left." After an hour walk and a few U turns from misunderstanding, we had made it to Colorados. After seeing such dismal surf, we were relatively accepting of the fact there wouldn't be surf. Our low expectations were met with way better than expected surf. We scored surf on that day and the next. We also ran into Erwin, a guy who it went to elementary school with. The surf continued to drop, but we found ourselves enjoying parts of playa gigante a little more. It was interesting how everyone migrated from place to place. One day there was pizza ... read more


At Sea: During our voyage from New York to Saint Jones the Dawn Princess will feel the effects of the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is a powerful warm Atlantic Ocean current that originates at the tip of Florida and follows the eastern coastline of the Unites States and Newfoundland before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. The Gulf Stream has influence on the temperatures of the seas that it covers and it is therefore argued that the climate of Western Europe and Northern Europe is warmer than it would otherwise be due to its influence. The Gulf Stream is largely caused by converging warm currents that meet in the Caribbean by Florida, and are the taken across the Westerly Atlantic trade winds that blow westerly in the tropics. The current has real influence on ships ... read more
9/11 Memorial
Pier 81
New York City skyline




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