“YOUTH GROUP STUCK IN HAITI”

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Why would you want to go to Haiti?

That was the question I got asked the most.

As many know, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and among the poorest in the world. What you guys don’t know, is how loving, caring and content the villagers are. When we got to Haiti we didn’t really know what to expect. We only had 2 expectations that we talked about. God will show up, and to expect the unexpected, and we sure did.

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We got to spend 10 wonderful days here. Originally, this was only supposed to be a week long trip, but God gave us a few extra days. My church (Woodland Community Church) got to partner with a ministry named myLIFEspeaks. MyLIFEspeaks is committed to creating a ripple effect throughout the country of Haiti. They provide family empowerment, special education and public health. MyLIFEspeaks was holding a soccer camp the week that we arrived. We were very lucky to be part of that. Not gonna lie, it got competitive. These kids never went through a practice or even played a real game before so it was so neat just watching them have tremendous amounts of fun. My voice may or may not have been gone. Screaming ALE JON (GO YELLOW) for 5 days did make my throat hurt.

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We also got to help out in the community. We helped do laundry, sweep, cook, and even paint! People let me tell you, be thankful for your washers and dryers. Washing their clothes was really time consuming and a process. we had to fill two buckets up with well water and mix the detergent into one of the buckets. We then had to hand wash the clothes, scrubbing each side together until all the dirt is off and the clothes are clean. They told us that if you hear a squeaky sound when your rubbing the cloth together, then your doing it right. Well, I never heard it, so I must have been doing it wrong. LOL. We also got to be part of their feeding program. MyLIFEspeaks offers free food and vitamins to the children. This gives the parents time to get things done around the house, and not worrying about where their child’s next meal will come from. 44183193_1408433839287181_5438550893165281280_n

Haitian food is delicious! Everyday for lunch the villagers were selling empanadas, and they were so good. OH MY GOSH, and the MANGO was so fresh and juicy! The fruit was picked locally and you could just tell it was fresh fruit.

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Common Haitian dinner

The week flew by fast, and we were all sad to leave. Leaving the villagers who we grew a close bond within just days. How accepting, loving, and welcoming they were to us. Knowing that when we go back we won’t be able to spend as much time as we did on daily devotions, and God sightings.

Here’s where things got interesting..

On Saturday, the day before we were leaving, the nation government announced a rise in fuel prices, causing people to protest. We woke up Sunday morning, and left at 4am in hopes the early time would help us avoid protestors and problems on the road. But, we hit multiply roadblocks and decided returning back to the campus was the safest option. When we got back, we just prayed. We knew God had a plan and was in control of all this. Not a thought of fear crossed our minds, if anything we were concerned. We didn’t really know what was going on, but we knew it was part of Gods plan. That day we went back to serving and playing with the kids, trying not to let this ruin our mission. A couple days passed and parents were getting anxious and worried. No one back home really knew the situation and what was actually going on. All the information they were getting was what the news was showing, and the emails that our Pastor sent out. Helicopters were mentioned to come pick us up and fly us to the Airport, but we then heard that another youth group made it to the airport, so we thought we’d try again. It was a success! We got to the airport just in time for our flight back to Tampa. The Haitian airport was jammed packed. It was the first day it was back open since the protests. When we arrived in Tampa we had news reporters waiting for us, and families that wanted hugs. We had so much to tell them. But the one thing we didn’t fail to mention was that, GOD NEVER FAILS.

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Two of the very many babies I fell in love with.

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My amazing boyfriend.
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Our awesome group. God is so good.
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Zakynthos Greece TRAVEL BLOG

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Back in August we took a “holiday” to Greece. We didn’t plan on going to Greece until last minute, but I’m very glad we did. Greece is somewhere I have always wanted to go because of the beautiful water. I’m from Florida, so I’ve always been a fan of a good beach. We flew from Stansted on August 8th and arrived at Zante (Zakynthos) airport. The flight was roughly 3 hours long. We stayed in Greece for 7 days and did so much! Keep reading to find out the top 5 places to see while in Zakynthos.

TOP 5 PLACES

  1. Navagio (shipwreck)

Shipwreck was an awesome beach for tourists. You can only get here by boat. We took a tour which was about 25 euros per person. This was a really good deal because we got to take a boat ride to the blue caves and stay at shipwreck for 1 hour to explore and swim. Shipwreck is surrounded by huge cliffs and water. The water is so clear you can see the other people swimming 10 feet away from you. Perfect beach for tanning and swimming. We did snorkel here, but didn’t see much sea life.

Location: north Western side of Zakynthos island

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2. Dafni Beach

This was Tristen’s favorite beach that we went to. This beach was 10/10 the best snorkeling we found. There are huge reefs with lots of exotic sea life. The view is fantastic, huge cliffs and the development was kept to a minimum. The bay has rocks and is perfect for swimming. The parking is very slim, so we had to park far away from the beach. The walk to the beach from where we parked was amazing, so we didn’t mind. We took some really good GoPro videos at this beach and lots of pictures.

Location: 15km south of Zakynthos Town

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3. Xigia Beach

This was by far my favorite beach. The only route to get to the beach is to take a long stairway. Instead of sand, there was little white pebbles. There was swimming holes, cliff jumping, tanning, and snorkeling. This place was very secluded and the parking was simple.

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4. Blue Caves

We took a 2 hour boat tour to the blue caves. We saw a huge sea turtle in our glass bottom boat. When we got to a resting spot our captain let us jump off the boat and go swimming in the caves. This was nothing like anything I have seen before. The water was so clear and the prettiest color. But be careful, Tristen kicked a rock and scrapped his entire foot up lol. If your ever planning a trip to Zakynthos, make sure you add the Blue Caves to your list.

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5. Turtle Beach

This beach had an awesome hike to a secluded snorkeling spot. Although we didn’t see many fish, we still enjoyed being present. Turtle beach reminded me a lot like the beaches in Florida, with the fine sand. I wouldn’t say this beach is family friendly, considering we saw some people tanning their stuff…

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Top 3 questions we got asked????

What is the food like?

I will start off by saying the food is SO good! Breakfast was my favorite meal of the day in Greece. I got what was called the English breakfast everyday. It was the best, it consisted of fried eggs, fried bread, sausage links, tomato beans, and a roasted tomato. GUYS NO JOKE, I ate this everyday. Besides the breakfast, we really didn’t have any complaints at all. The meals were super good. You could tell it was high quality food. We went to a really cool restaurant on top of a cliff and ate a once in a life-time meal. Looking out of the restaurant we had an amazing view of the water and cliffs. Not only was the view wonderful, but the food was incredible. It is a family run restaurant and they make you feel like your at home. They made me homemade sauce that wasn’t even on the menu. The owner told me it was “Just for you”. Tristen had Mousaka, which is a traditional Greek dish.

How are the Locals?

Tristen and I were very surprised with how many people spoke English there. Every restaurant and store we went to, they spoke English. A difference that I noticed was that everyone was outside. Instead of being inside on their phones, they were outside working the farm or in the fields.

Would you go back?

FOR SURE! I was just telling Tristen how much I miss Greece. This was our first big trip together and along as a couple so we won’t ever forget it. I didn’t have anything bad to say about the trip. Greece is just such a calming place, of course I would go back!

This is all for this blog, hope the pictures describes how our trip went!

Comment and let me know where you have been in Greece? I’m always up for an adventure! Till’ next blog.. byeeeee

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TRAVEL: London Blog

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Exactly two months ago my boyfriend, Tristen, and I flew to Heathrow, London. We’ve always talked about visiting the UK because his older brother has been living there. When we got there we stayed at his brothers place, which was right outside of a city called Cambridge. It worked out perfectly because we didn’t have to pay for a place to stay.

Whenever we are traveling to a new city we want to make sure we spend our time adventuring outside and seeing God’s beautiful work. Being outside is one of the best ways to explore the city and see what’s surrounding you.

A few days into our trip we went into the city of Cambridge and punted down the river. I know what your thinking, “what in the world does that mean?” So basically, a punt is a flat bottomed boat. Instead of oars or paddles you are using a long pole to push off the ground. The punter generally propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole. Tristen was really good at this, me on the other hand, not so much.

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We decided to spend one of our days in the city of London. London is pretty much like New York City but 10x better. There is so much to do and see. This was one of the highlights of my trip because all the buildings look like castles. Everything in London is so historical and not like anything I’m used to.

I’m just gonna let the pictures talk for me.

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From London we drove 4 hours to a place called Stonehenge. It consists of standing stones that are 13ft tall, 7ft wide and weigh around 25 tons. Nobody knows what the stones are, or what they are doing there. Its really kind of strange. So, we parked our car only to find out that we had to walk 3 miles to get to the actual stones and back to he car. We figured we had to do it, we didn’t drive all this way for nothing.

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After Stonehenge we made our way to Bath. It was pretty late when we ended up getting to the city due to a 4 hour drive. When we got there we experienced night life and then meandered back to our hostel. A hostel is a low budget place for travelers to stay. Usually you’ll get a room with a few beds and they are shared among other people. When we woke up we headed straight to the Roman Baths. This was my first time hearing about the Roman Baths. Before this trip, I had never heard of them. The Baths are really cool. They were apart of every day life in Ancient Rome. They are VERY old. The temple was built in 60-70 AD and was being constructed for up to 300 years.

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This sums up our summer 2018 trip to the United Kingdom. But GUESS WHAT… From London we flew to Zakynthos Greece for 1 week.

Stay updated for a Greece Blog soon!

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BUCKET LIST 2019!!

FIRST BLOG//

There are so many places I want to see and so many things I want to do. My 2019 bucket list is starting early and I’m ready to share it with you.

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Havasu Falls
  3. Yosemite
  4. Swim with the pigs in the Exumas
  5. Northern Lights
  6. Ski Bridger Bowl
  7. Machu Picchu
  8. Bali

I really hope to see most, if not all, of these wonderful places around the world.

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Comment a few places you’d like to visit in 2019!!

Join me on our adventure across the world!

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