Monday, March 22, 2010

Anybody out there?

So, we are back to normal again after three weeks of keeping up with college crowds. We were quite proud of ourselves to see how well we held up even when several of the "kids" would tell us how tired they were! Our last group was from Abilene Christian University--Kemmel's alma mater. It was also special because my good friend Dr. Ellen Little was leading the group this year. Ellen and I went to medical school together at Texas Tech and she also went in the mission field--returning last year from Uganda after serving for 8 years. It was so good to catch up and work together in clinic.

After dropping off our last team we made a run to the border to stay in Tapachula, Mexico for a couple of nights, renewing our visas. As we got close to the border crossing we came upon a caravan of maybe 20 RVs from the states. Kemmel's one thought was "we have got to get ahead of them, or we will be sitting at that migration station for hours!" So he passed them all--luckily there wasn't much other traffic, and they were cruising at a comfortable 40 miles an hour! We made it fine and enjoyed a couple of days relaxing and eating mexican food. We even saw a movie--The Book of Eli--very good. There is a new Walmart in Tapachula, and I was very excited to check it out. But to our surprise, they had mostly all U.S. products but at about twice the price (Kraft macaroni and cheese for $2 a box!). Even the clothes were basic Walmart brands but without the "everyday low price". Kind of a let down--but we saved money in the end by not buying as much!
So after 6 hours on the road on Saturday to go around 170 miles and another 6 hours today, we are back home, enjoying our cool Chichi weather and thankful to God for our visiting teams and save travels all month.

1 comment:

Jake said...

Hey Kemmel and Lisa! I found y'alls blog while looking around on the HTI website. Thank you so much for all of your help this past week in Chichi and around the clinics. It was an honor working with you two and I'm thankful to God that I was able to be there. I plan on applying for the MET program so hopefully I will be back soon!