Home Sweet Home

6.22.2010

It's hard to believe that we've been here for ten weeks! Although it was hard to leave behind our family and friends, and our home in North Carolina, we feel so blessed to have this amazing opportunity. There are so many great things about this place- but I think one of my favorite is our beautiful house. Yes- it's totally different than our house in the States. I guess that's what make it so special.  I haven't shared many pictures of the house- so I thought I'd start with a few of the outside.  

This is a view of the front porch and the side porch. 


This is our driveway, along with a little peek of our neighbor's house. I think it might actually be a mansion...
Here's a view of the house from the driveway. Can you believe that palm tree? Everytime Jesse and I see it, it reminds us of the palm trees that people were trying to grow in our old neighborhood! Those things were little saplings compared to this monster. :)
This is part of our backyard. What do you think of our giant satellite? That's we use to communicate with the International Space Station.

Ok- I'm lying. ;) It's really our satellite for tv. Would you believe that it only picks up about 6 channels?  You would think we'd be watching tv from all over the world with that thing.

One of my favorite things about out yard is all the awesome trees and plants.
We have a papaya tree:
 
A lime tree:
And an orange tree...
Notice anything different about the oranges? I know it looks like a lime- but it is indeed an orange. Although they're green, they taste delicious- and we STILL call them oranges. :)
One more great thing about our house- if you stand at just the right spot, at just the right time- you have the most gorgeous view of the lake:



Now that you've seen a little bit of the outside of the house- I promise to post pictures of the
inside very soon.

With Love,
The Lynchs

We'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain

6.15.2010

Last weekend we decided to get out of the city and headed to a little mountain resort about an hour away. We were so excited when we got there because it was actually cool enough outside to wear long sleeves!

Ok- so I might have overdone it with the cableknit hat and scarf- but I was totally living in the moment and enjoying the fall-like weather. :)
We started the hike up the mountain and made a few stops along the way to enjoy the amazing scenery.

We also made  new friends along the way! Some kids from the village followed us all the way up the mountain. Even though they were barefoot, they were outclimbing all of us. They didn't speak any English or French but they could say "My name is..." Although our communication wasn't the greatest- it was tons of fun to have their company. At the top of the mountian, Jesse made a fire and cooked beanie weanies and vienna sausage. So, we shared that, along with muffins and homemade bread, with them. They loved it and repaid us by making sure we took a good path on the way down.






After making the hike back down, we enjoyed some delicious food next to the fire in the lodge.


 Then we paid for our room ($32.00!!!) and checked out the rest of the grounds. The view from our room was amazing!
And the rest of the place was just as beautiful.
Needless to say, it was a great escape and we can't wait to go back.
With Love,
The Lynchs
P.S. Thanks to my followers! :) I love you guys!

Life's a Beach

6.08.2010

After spending the last 8 years in North Carolina, Jesse and I are both beach lovers. When we decided to do the program, we made the decision that we were going to try to get a place somewhere near water. We didn't care what kind- as long as it was water. Luckily for us, we ended up in a tropical paradise and this is where we spend a majority of our free time:
Although it looks like an ocean, it's actually the third deepest lake in the world. It's beautiful because it is surrounded by mountains. Sometimes they disappear along the horizon due to the haze, and it almost feels like the water is endless.
I haven't been swimming in the lake yet- remember what I said about it being the third deepest lake in the world? It's over 5,000 feet deep so I'm a little hesitant to get in. Who knows what kind of crazy creatures are lurking in there. I do take a dip in the pool occasionally, and of course, we play lots of sand volleyball, while enjoying a few beers. :)
But my absolute favorite thing to do is just lounge around and enjoy the beautiful views.

If you're ever in the area and want to soak up some sun, you know where to find us!
With Love,
The Lynchs

Christmas in Africa

6.04.2010

Last week, it was Christmas at our house. That's right- Christmas in May! I think it has something to do with being so close to the equator or something. Ok- I'm just kidding. Did you believe me for a second, though? When I say Christmas in Africa, I mean it felt like Christmas because our stuff finally made it! We weren't expecting it for at least another 5-6 weeks so it was a huge surprise when this pulled up at our house:
                               

We couldn't wait to get those crates open and get our stuff unpacked- including our consumables shipment. I knew there was a giant jar of pickles in there somewhere and I was beyond excited. So- the unpacking began:
Even though we only brought about a 1/4 of what we own- it felt like there were a million boxes. Especially when it came to the food. You know how much you hate unloading the groceries after a trip to the store- well this was like that times 100!



But, when it was all said and done, we had 18 months worth of groceries unpacked and all of our stuff that really makes this place feel like home.


 We're working on getting the house arranged and decorated now- pictures to come soon! We hope everyone is doing well!
With Love,
The Lynchs

Under Construction

6.03.2010

If you've visited our blog over the last few days you may have noticed that it is a complete MESS! I'm working on revamping it and should be done in the next few days. So until then- pardon our mess and stay tuned! ;)
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