Tuesday, May 19, 2009

East Timor

I arrived in East Timor last night (first time here). Here are a few of my initial thoughts...

  • it's a crazy combo of Indonesian and Portuguese (rightfully so, I guess!)
  • The UN is everywhere, and I mean everywhere! There are about 12 UN police officers stationed at my hotel (I'm down the street from Embassy Row...nothing like DC's embassy row!)
  • The country is beautiful and lush...I imagine Bali to have looked this way 50 years ago
  • It's expensive...way too expensive for what you get ($110/night for room...you've got to be kidding me!)
  • Internet isn't reliable, but what's new in a developing country.
  • For those who told me ET is the Africa of Asia, they were correct.
  • The airport was like stepping out of a 1940's movie! It's all outside...even the baggage claim..crazy. Oh yeah and our plane skidded to the very end of the runway...yes, all the way. I was a bit nervous to say the least
  • People are very hard to reach by phone and email...have to admit I'm a bit jealous!
I'll post some pictures later (probably in Indonesia when the internet is better).

Also, three upcoming posts--1) THE TIPSY TURTLE IS OPEN! 2) Speaking at Muster in Panama and 3) Old Crow Medicine Show.

Stay tuned....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

April Update

So, I haven't been very good at this blogging thing lately!

Here's a quick update in pictures from April:

Lake Whitney with Friends

A beautiful place! We had a great time w/ Brian, Jodi, Pat, Angela, John, Jess and Baby Carter (who stole the show, precious thing)! Jodi's pics are MUCH better than mine...check out her blog pics

Visit to See Sweet Baby EK

I take every opportunity I get to see sweet miss thang (and her mom and dad too!). A couple of weekends ago, I drove over to Fredricksberg to see the Foster Fam during their last family vacation before Easton's arrival (which is VERY soon!)

Tipsy Turtle

Aaron has been working NONSTOP (literally) to get the Tipsy Turtle open! It's definitely come a long way from a tattoo shop. We're hoping to open by next week...can't believe it. I'm so proud of him!

Random Pics w/ Friends

Here are some random pics from recent times with friends (though admittedly not all from April!)

Also, would like to congratulate all of our friends/family expecting little ones in the coming months: Kristin, Casey, Jodi, Angela and Jen....baby fever is here!