For the first time in my entire life, I was out of the country on America's holiday. I love the 4th of July and the BBQs, watermelon, desserts and of course all the fireworks! But this year, it was a little different.
While we were in Montenegro we met a missionary who has been in the field for 30+ years. He married a woman from London and they moved about from country to country doing what they were called to do. But before all of this, he was born and raised in Chicago. And for the first time in roughly 10 - 15 years he was going to celebrate the 4th of July with other Americans!
They invited us to their house in Kamenari, Montengro, just on the other side of the bay from were we were staying in Sveti Stasije, to have a BBQ. Now it wasn't exactly the same as being back home, but we did have grilled chicken, some type of sausage, potato salad, and of course watermelon! Unfortunately, no fireworks. But, as with most places in Montenegro, there was an incredible view!
On the way home, we decided to take the ferry boat across the bay rather than a ride a sticky bus the whole way.
We spent one day touring a big Yacht town a little further up they bay towards Croatia. It was very different yet oddly the same as Kotor and Sveti Stasiji. It had more money invested in the high end shops and the food there was delicious. We watched the Montenegro Olympic Water Polo Team practice and walked up and down the same rocky beaches.
On our last full day there, we went into Old Town to hand out invitations to join us for an evening worship service. A few of the girls formed a choir and while a few others gave a short testimony for the sermon. There wasn't very many people there, mainly us, but hopefully in a few years this will start to grow.
After dinner, we all headed back to the apartments to pack up. The bus would be there to pick us up at 4:30 am to start our journey back to Ireland!
** A few random pictures from the Montenegro portion of this journey!