matt has been wanting to visit his dad in africa ever since grandpa left, and since grandpa is coming home this year, off he went! this was matt's graduation/birthday/boys trip/christmas/anniversary gift. ;) as we were planning, grandpa sooo generously offered to pay for alexis/and/or/christian to come along. surprisingly, alexis wasn't super thrilled about tagging along with the boys, but after some deliberation, chris decided he was game. it was a lot of work to get ready for! visa's, passports, shots, pills, they were busy boys! on thursday, april 10th they were finally off!
they texted from their first layover, and then when they got there. and this was the first picture i got from chris. so awesome! he said he'd made a friend and was chilling at the ghana temple.
matt and grandpa went inside to do a session and chris hung out with one of the temple guards.
Captioned: "Hanging out with Eben at the Ghana Temple."
i've checked him (ato kwamena ofori-amoakoh)
out on fb and he looks like a really cool guy.
the flight to frankfurt was 7 hours, then another 7 to ghana. they were tired! but excited and ready for some fun.
grandpa had told them about this fun ice cream place, and they wanted to bring back a bowl for frankie, but the owner was not so nice and tried to take them for a ride. several times. that was a pretty common theme. matt said people would give him a ridiculously high price and when he'd say he didn't have that kind of money they'd innocently say "just go to the atm." if only it were that easy.
this one was titled "playing football with the locals."
facetime from the hostel. matt said there were tons of friendly college students there and it was really fun.
after a day or two in accra, they headed down to cape coast to stay at a hotel that keeps alligators.
at the pool. so simple, who knew that was all you needed to do for safety?
my scared of heights boy crossed a really high suspension bridge!
they went to a castle and saw some of the holding rooms for the slaves before they left for america. crazy sad.
one of the highlights was when matt and chris went paragliding at a paragliding festival.
they loved it!
here is christian running to take off.
and here is matt!
he looks hilarious! he said he felt like he was running normally, but he was afraid of getting tripped, because several other people had fallen.
away they go!
picking some fabric for a friend.
all the kids loved christian! they hung on him and got his phone number. he's gotten several calls and texts from his african friends.
he searched for this african shirt. he wore it on the flight home and again to school the next day. i love that he was so excited to show it off and talk about his trip!
on their way home they had a 7 hour layover in frankfurt, so they headed out into the city! they grabbed some pastries and took some pictures. now they both have the international travel bug!!! so glad our boys were able to have this bonding adventure. i'm trying to get matt to do a couple of posts, so we shall see!