A little taste of heaven, huh??
Yes, I am here. I am with my Daddy. And, things are good. :)
Last Saturday was another long day of traveling. I had a very nice man, Jaun, drive me all the way from Copan Ruinas to La Ceiba (thanks mom and Paul!!) where I picked up the plane. As I said before, I was nervous about all of my stuff being able to fit on the plane... and thank goodness for being early! I had no problems at all.
Yup, a puddle jumper. 18 seats!
I met with the lady from the resort, collected my bags and then headed to see my Dad! I didn't realize the resort was on a little island off Roatan, so I had to take a two minute boat ride. And, there, waiting for me was my DADDY!! I was so excited to see him. :)
Sorry for the blur!
Let me just say... I was in a bit of culture shock getting off the plane. Roatan is like a completely different place. I don't feel like I am in Honduras at all! I am not the only white person, people speak English (even the people that work/live here prefer English) and the native Islanders (for all intents and purposes, black people) make for a more diverse crowd. I was so excited when I first saw them at the airport, I seriously had the urge to run up to them and give them a hug. Is that weird?! I have asked a few of the people that work here at the resort to speak to me in Spanish, so I can at least practice. It's still a little difficult, but I can only just keep trying, right?
While I have been here, I have gone diving...
Ha, great shot by my dad!
My instructor told me to keep my hands together, and this is how I automatically did it. :)
Went to hang out with some dolphins and do a little snorkeling...
Pic courtesy of the Anthony's Key resort.
Played with the ADORABLE puppies...
They are all going to good homes.
If I was going home after this, I would have figured out a way to take one with me!
Dad took some good shots on his dives...
Baby Sharpnose Puffer fish and a tube worm.
Lion Fish... beautiful, but an invasive fish that are causing issues to the surrounding life.
Orange Sea Horse!!! :)
I love this! Dad doesn't know what it is. :) A fish, obviously.
I have also relaxed and read and bronzed (or burned!) and ate... a lot. Ha. The food here at this resort is definitely catered toward the American tourist/divers... and I was not used to it. I missed my tortillas and frijoles! Luckily, at lunch they have been serving red beans and rice... so that has satisfied my fix. Of course, in a very short time that is all I will be eating and then wish that I was back here with all of the other good food. :)
I am getting excited and little nervous for this weekend. Dad and I will have a long day of travel starting early in the morning on Saturday, and then my time at NPH will begin! I can't believe the time is so close. I feel like I have been waiting and planning for this weekend for so long, it was always so far in the future! But, it's here, so I have to get ready. No matter what my worries and doubts and excitements are, I am about to face them head on. God hasn't gotten me through this point alone, and He won't abandon me now. His grace is truly amazing, even if I don't realize it every single day that I am in Honduras. I seriously can't wait to see what He will reveal to me about myself, NPH and the world. Bring it on, Lord, bring it on. :)
As is always the case, I am not sure when I will have internet again once I get to NPH. I will update you all as soon as I can. Love you all! If you see my dad, tell him to give you a hug, because it will be from me!
Hugs, Kisses and Prayers!