Along the way, I enjoyed the jungle scenery. These yellow, flowers are very common here.
I really enjoy staying interior. However, to be honest I usually like to plan it in advance, rather than getting suddenly stuck like this. However, it was very humbling to see how totally excited my friends in the village were, that I was stuck with them. In fact, they didn't view it at all like I initially did. Rather than an inconvenience that the flight couldn't happen today, they viewed it as a blessing from God, that we had time to visit together. When I showed up unannounced at the pastor's house, he went nuts. "Duduk, duduk! Minum kopi dulu. Adu, Tuhan sudah memberkati kami sebab Captain Dave akan menginap di sini! Pujih Tuhan!" (Roughly translated: "Sit, sit! Drink coffee first. Wow, God has definitely blessed us because Dave is going to sleep here tonight! Praise God!") Seriously, he was that excited!
And thus began the marathon of visiting and drinking coffee, and eating, and visiting with others, and drinking and eating MORE, and then moving to another house again and visiting more while EATING and DRINKING EVEN MORE and ON and ON and ON and you get the idea!!! Yikes. I think I'd have had the same basic effect if I'd have been hooked up to several IVs pumping a solution of 50% sugar / 50% dark coffee straight into my veins. Wow! I was so incredibly tired by the end of the evening, yet my eyes seemed to be popping from my head, the result of caffeine and sugar saturated blood pulsing through my body.While walking from house to house, I took a few random shots like this one of a jungle armadillo skin hanging out on the front porch. Not only do they use the scales for various things, but they can also sell the skin to people in the city who make traditional medicine of it.
Kids love to have there picture taken and then see it on the camera. Even better, is when a few weeks later I bring them each a printed copy. It's likely the one and only image they will have of themselves, and obviously something they will treasure.