Indonesia by Mikayla

We stayed in Indonesia for nine days.  For the first six, we were in Bali.  The other three were spent in Jakarta.  In Bali, we stayed at the Sofitel hotel and in Jakarta, we were hosted by a friend of ours. While in Bali, we took a private tour for a day.  During that day, we visited several main attractions including a jewelry workshop, a wood carving store, two temples, a coffee plantation, a monkey forest, a few shops, and a seafood dinner on the beach. In Jakarta, we spent most of… Read More

Australia by Mikayla

We stayed in three parts of Australia over a month of being there.  Those places were Melbourne, Sydney, and the Blue Mountains.  We stayed in a hotel for two days in Melbourne.  While in Sydney, we were kindly hosted by friends of friends of friends of ours from church.  The friends of our friends from church were going to host us in their home but some of their friends were going on vacation and so offered to have us stay at their home while they were gone.  We had never even met… Read More

Overall On New Zealand

New Zealand is a wonderful, simply beautiful place to be.  It offers scenic drives, easy-difficult hikes, gorgeous mountains, hot and cold weather, lush hills, colorful flowers everywhere, cute, small towns, excellent fish’n chips, great Indian/Thai food, and more!  There are sooo many things to do and see that it is practically impossible to see all of it in one trip…even if it is three weeks!   During our time in New Zealand, we lived in a campervan.  We were able to see many things and we visited both islands.  There was a… Read More

Over-all About Our Time in Tahiti

We stayed in Tahiti for about a week. We spent 5 days on the island of Moorea and 2 days on the actual island of Tahiti. There were many fun things that we did there, but the best part was that it was relaxing. After having done so many errands in California, it was nice to get a break in Paradise! While we were in Moorea, we stayed in a bungalow. My parents shared one above the water and my siblings and I shared one overlooking the water. The views were quite… Read More

Akumal

Recently (July 25), my family, a couple from the church we’re going to (Mr. and Mrs. D), and I went to Akumal!  Akumal is known for it’s snorkeling and turtles.  A fairly quiet and relaxing place, filled with lots of amazing sea life, it is a perfect place to spend the day! We all woke up around 7:30 and were picked up by a cab at 8:00.  In about 30 minutes, we arrived at our destination!  After getting set up, Mr. and Mrs. D joined us.  Snorkeling gear in place, we all waded into… Read More

VBS!

We found a church that we really like and are going to go to from now on.  From the very first day, everyone was so friendly; they all came up an introduced themselves.  The Pastor had just started a new series: Parables.  All of us loved the church and felt at home there.  We’ve been going there ever since. About a week after we first came to that church (The Lighthouse Church), they had a VBS which we volunteered to help with.  It lasted from Thursday to Sunday, but we were only… Read More

Ancient Ruins on a Scorching Hot Day – Tulum

Tulum is known for its ruins overlooking sky-blue ocean.  It is sometimes referred to as “Zama”, the “City of Dawn.”  The ruins are the third most visited site in Mexico. On August 1, my family and I visited those ruins.  Our plan for the day was to wake up early, spend an hour traveling to the ruins, take an hour to observe them and take photos, then hang out at an all-inclusive resort for the rest of the day.  It would be an easy-going, fun morning, then relaxing time at the beach… Read More

Unique Mexican Fruits You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

There are many fruits which are common to tons of people, but which others have never heard of.  Three fruits I haven’t heard of until recently, are these:  Loquats, Guavas, and Cucamelons. Loquats are native to south-central China, but grow in many places, including Mexico.  They grow in shrubs or small trees.  The trees can reach up to 20 or 30 ft. high, although they are usually much smaller (about 10 ft.).  The leaves are 3-4 inches wide and 5-12 inches long.  On the surface, they are dark green and glossy, and… Read More

Cozumel: Day 3

We woke up and ate at the all-inclusive breakfast again.  The rest of the morning was lazy and relaxing, hanging out in our bedrooms, watching T.V.  In the afternoon, we took a personal tour from 1-5.  We hired a taxi driver to take us around Cozumel to get a better feel for it.  It was a lot of fun because what we did was drive to one place, hop out, snorkel; get back in the car, drive some more, hop out, and snorkel again.  It was rather active, so by the time… Read More

Cozumel: Day 2

Woke up with a fresh start today!  Ready for a hearty, all-inclusive breakfast, we headed downstairs.  The hotel had a really good all-inclusive breakfast, too.  There was the regular stuff like cereal, bread, yogurt, fruit, etc…, but there was also a station where a woman cooked anything from pancakes, to omelettes, to special Mexican breakfasts.  They also had some really good pastries (I indulged in a few chocolate croissants:)! After stuffing ourselves, we headed outside to go shopping; Cozumel is known for it’s fun shopping streets.  It was a very hot day, so when my… Read More