Thursday, January 11, 2018

Re-branding: My Well Worn Map


Toews Adventure is changing it's name to My Well Worn Map!

It's been awhile since we've made a peep in our little corner of the internet.

Lately some exciting things have been brewing! We are about to embark on another Toews Adventures. Erin will start taking assignments as a travel nurse, and the family is joining her! To make each assignment more family-friendly, at each location we will be living in our travel trailer RV. Things will look very different for our family. But we are exciting.

With this change, comes a blog re-branding. Toews Adventure suited us fine. But, not even some of our family members can pronounce and spell our last name. How unfortunate! We will still be posting about our family adventures. Just now it will be called My Well Worn Map.

New logo and new web address to come.

Keep a look out for the fun!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Sunset at Domboshava Rocks, Zimbabwe

While spending some time in Harare, Zimbabwe, we were able to do a bit of hiking. – and you know how much we love hiking!
A few of the local churches participated in a youth conference for a week. One of the nights, we were invited to join them for a hike at Domboshava Rocks to watch the sunset.
Domboshava is a town located not far from Harare, about 30km. It is situated amongst giant granite rock hills. The biggest granite hill is actually a National Monument. Locals and tourists are welcome to visit the park and pay a small fee to climb to the top. The hike is fairly easy and does not take very much time. For most of the time you are walking on hard, sturdy granite. – Just make sure you are not wearing flip flips or other flimsy shoes.
There are some caves with rock paintings as well, but we did not have time to check those out this time. We’ll have to go again and explore all that Domboshava has to offer!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Zim Zips: Languages


This week on Zim Zips, Kameron is sharing about the languages spoken in Zimbabwe.

While many people here speak English, the two of us are learning to speak Shona (the most widely spoken tribal language in Zimbabwe). Learning Shona is both difficult and easy to learn. It is easy to learn because each vowel has one sound and it pronounced the same throughout the whole language, while in English, the "a" has many different sounds in simple words like "cat," "what," and "ate." It is difficult because there are many many noun classes & in English we have one. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, think of Spanish, which has 2 noun classes: male & female.) Each noun class has a different way to put words together. Right now it is all confusing and WAY over our heads, but maybe in a year we will be speaking fluently! 
A few of my study materials.
While most of the time we are learning Shona by speaking with friendly people on the street, and twice a week we meet with language helpers to go more in depth, we also watch a DVDs series about Shona grammar and sentence structure and verb tenses. 
We also draw fun pictures to help us learn our Vocab.
We usually study with a little help from some delicious treats!

Please be praying for us as we learn the Shona language. While we could get by with speaking only English, we know that relationships will reach deeper levels if we can speak with our friends and patients in their native language. It is an important and fruitful way to point people to Christ. 

Have you ever learned another language? What tips do you have for us?
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This is the first post in a series called Zim Zips. Each week, Kameron will host a new video highlighting a unique aspect of Zimbabwe or Shona culture. To see more Zim Zips, click here. To subscribe to our YouTube page & stay up-to-date on all of our videos, click here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mukuvisi Woodlands

Last weekend while a short-term missionary doctor was in Harare on his way home, the Toews + our neighbor Stacy took him to Mukuvisi Woodlands to see some African wildlife.

Mukuvisi Woodlands Wildlife and Environmental Centre is located in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. It was only a 20 minute drive from our guesthouse. Mukuvisi offers opportunity to see wildlife without going deep into the bush! They offer different ways to experience the Woodlands: by horseback or on foot, a quick viewing from a terrace or 2-hour trek around the property with a guide to get up-close & personal with the animals, or a walk through the Bird Park.
We chose the option of a walking safari with a guide.
We saw zebras.
We saw giraffes.
We saw birds.
We saw crocodiles.
We saw turtles.

We saw cacti.
We saw flowers.
We saw impala.
We saw eland.
We saw many trees. (Can you spot my my long-necked friend in the picture above?)
Erin’s favorite of course was the giraffe!
Kameron was the lucky guy with the fancy camera who took all the pictures... So he isn't found in many of these photographs. Thanks Kam!

Our guide’s name was Simba (How appropriate)! Simba was very knowledgeable and answered our many questions about the types of animals found at Mukivisi, ages & names of the animals, etc. He even took a “selfie” with us.
The cost was $4 per adult to get into the park, and $6 per person for the walking safari. So $10 for a fun time seeing African wildlife. Not bad at all! – Granted not all of the Big 5 game can be found at Mukuvisi, you can still see some of God’s amazing creation.

If you come for a visit, maybe we’ll take you there! --- Or maybe you want to take us to Victoria Falls?

And some funny pictures to make you laugh!
Africa's most common animal seen on safari: White Girl. Complete with a latter, touristy hat, and GoPro on a selfie stick.
& Stacy with a random animal's pelvic bone as a mask. Doesn't she look good?

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