On the second visit day my Compassion hosts picked me up and we went to the project to wait for Uli and her family.
When Uli showed up she was wearing the shirt I had given her the day before.
The sisters liked my braids, so while we were waiting I braided their hair.
Before heading out for the day we went to the local convenience store and bought groceries for the family. ChooChoo, the Compassion host, helped us pick out the basic staples, then Uli filled up another basket with special treats. Most of it was chocolate : )
We walked back to the project and said hello to a few of the kids who were gathering for the activities that morning.
We headed out soon after that and before too long we arrived at our destination.
Dufan Theme Park.
The girls had never been to a theme park before and they wanted to try everything!
The first part of the park was an old west town.
We went through the tilt house…
…and through the house of mirrors…
Next we went to what was probably the girls’ favorite part of all. The “It’s a Small World” ride.
While we were inside I let the girls have my camera and they took about a million photos!
Then we tried out a roller coaster.
And had lunch in the park
Uli was not sure she wanted to ride the swinging boat, but she was really brave and rode it twice!
We went on the Ferris Wheel and again, Uli was not quite sure she wanted to go. But we got her on and she kept her eyes open almost the whole time!
Bumper cars were also a big hit
Next we tried out the 4D theater. We had to wait in a long line in the hot sun, but it was fun to watch the penguin movie. The seats moved in sync with the movie and it felt like we were chasing the penguins!
We also rode the swings.
Esther and Uli really wanted to ride this spinning ride. I went along with them, but by the end none of our stomachs were too happy…
After spinning like crazy we decided to escape the midday sun by getting some ice cream and heading to the water rides.
Mona, Uli’s oldest sister, was my language buddy. She taught me Bahasa Indonesia words all day long. (I was not a very good student).
The first water ride that we rode was a big raft that floated down the rapids. We did not bring the camera with us on the ride, but we made sure to take a picture afterwards…
Oh, and I did learn one Indonesian phrase from Mona that I still remember.
I am wet
For our final ride we rode the log ride.
On our way out of the park the girls had fun taking photos of each other.
We had an amazing day together riding the rides and getting to know each other better. The Compassion hosts did a great job of translating and in addition to the Indonesian language lessons, the girls and I figured out how to talk with smiles and lots of pointing. We had a few more hours together as we rode back home and said goodbye. But I will write about that later on.