What I had been looking forward to for sooooo long had finally come. Simply hanging out with my family; Ryan, Trevor, Mom and Dad.
The night I waved good bye to the Mercy Ship for four days, we went back to the hotel and celebrated a late Christmas. I got to give them their presents, and they packed my presents in their suitcases (Ryan’s got lost on the way to Tenerife, so we had to wait till it arrived). As you can see in the picture…Trevor is enjoying his pajama pants from Africa & Ryan is wearing a Panthers colored hat that I learned how to make thanks to lessons from Aimee.
The five of us walked around Santa Cruz for hours. We got to know the city fairly well, but I enjoyed just being with my family the best.
In case you didn’t know, I really love my brothers. It was great to be able to catch up with them and simply get picked on again. Sorry if you disagree…but I have the best brothers in the world : )
One night, we went out to dinner with the Johnsons. Now, the story of how we met Pete and Audrey Johnson is crazy in and of itself…a total “God thing”. But we can talk about that another time. By the time we found a restaurant that was open, I had to walk back to the ship for small group, but I’ll get to spend many meals with them on board the Africa Mercy…so I wasn’t too bummed about it.
The next day, we decided to head to the beach. Playa de las Americas to be exact. If you can’t tell by the picture, the weather wasn’t as warm as we expected it to be…it was miserably cold actually. Ryan and Dad attempted to get in the water, but Dad only got in up to his thigh & Ryan dipped his foot in and got weirded out by the topless old women walking by. Either way, we got to see the beach & feel the water.
Since the beach was so cold and windy, we walked uphill a ways to get warmed up & out of the wind. Along the way, we found a little playground and immediately turned into little kids again. Who doesn’t like playing on playgrounds? Especially with the people you grew up with on the playground…
On the day before my family left to go back home, we traveled to the south of the island to go to the famous zoo. Having no car, we used the local Tram and and then took a bus from there. The picture to the left is where we ate lunch immediately before going to the zoo. As you can tell, the view was breath-taking. As for the food…not so much ; )
Now, I know it sounds nerdy…but the zoo was so much fun! We had never seen such a great zoo before. The animals were active and the shows were amazing. And again, the company I was with made everything ten times better.
We did plenty of other stuff as a family, but if I were to tell you everything, you probably wouldn’t read this entire blog & my fingers might fall off from typing. So, to sum it all up, it’s easy to realize how important something is when you don’t have it around…so when I did have my family for this past week, I couldn’t get enough of them.
I couldn’t ask for a better family.