We have arrived in Davao City and have had a couple of days to try to get over our jet lag. We're starting to feel human again, but we still feel like everything is spinning. Hopefully that will end soon!
It is beautiful here. We are surrounded by lush green jungle and palm trees. It's hot - about 32C and 100% humidity. It's like that every day, so we had best get used to it. I know that we will acclimatize but for now it feels pretty hot.
We are staying with our new friends, who have graciously let us stay here until we find a place of our own. That we are hoping to do quite soon. We have gone to see a house for rent, which we have put an offer on. We are hopeful that we will be able to get in there soon. It is a cute little house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and a small living room. It has a yard and a patio, and is located in a gated community not far from the clinic.
We weren't sure what to expect when we came here, so I'm not sure what to think about everything. It will take some time to become familiar and comfortable with our new culture. There are many differences, especially due to living in a Third World country. It is interesting to tour around and see the vast difference between the rich and the poor. While sitting in our friend's house I can look out and see people living in poverty. It is a dynamic unlike Canada.
So far we have discovered that things here aren't quite as cheap as we had assumed from the little bits of information that we had gathered. We know that God has brought us here and He has provided in amazing ways up to this point, but it's still hard to not do the math in our heads and be a bit worried. All we can do is trust God to provide for our needs.
I will try to post a bit more often now than I had before we came, as there will be many new and interesting experiences which I'm sure you will be interested to hear about.