Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bringing hope and healing in Togo!

Duckie is currently visiting Vangie Austin, a crewmember onboard the Africa Mercy in Lomé, Togo in West Africa

The Africa Mercy
Mercy Ships is an international charity that was founded in 1978 and currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients.

Mercy Ships has operated in more than 70 developing nations around the world, with a current focus on the countries of West Africa.

Getting ready to go onboard!

Getting a pat down from security!

Exploring the ship!

Catching some rays!

And making friends!

Getting ready for a night out!

Lebanese food!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mardi Gras Ducks

Went to a friends house for Mardi Gras and she decorated her house with these beauties! The Duckie spirit is spreading!!

The term "Mardi Gras" in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning "confess." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


On his way to the Africa Mercy in West Africa with Patrik and Diana Bergström, Duckie stopped over in Germany and Sweden. THANK You Patrik and Diana!

Watching the Super Bowl in Sweden with Diana Bergström

Hitting the slopes in Kaufbeuren in southern Germany!

Baby cousin Zuhayr in Sana'a

Checking out the view of the old city of Sana'a!