Sunday, April 6, 2014

Soon to be senior Maria DeShaw participated in a mission trip during her spring break. She spent the week in Brazil on a medical mission boat on the Amazon River. The boat stopped at five different villages where they helped lead Vacation Bible School, paint houses, and assist the medical team. 

"We were able to play soccer with the kids in the villages everyday and it was neat to see how universal soccer is; we could put together a game where everyone knew what was going on without really using words, overcoming the language barrier."

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hello everyone!

The month of February has been very busy! Since leaving Japan, I have been to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, and Myanmar. I haven't had a whole lot of time to email because we've only had about six days of class on the ship in February. 

Here's some of the highlights:

Hiking on the Great Wall and and seeing the Terracotta Warriors in China:

In Vietnam, I saw the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong. Crawling on my hands and knees through 100 m of one got a little claustrophobic. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), motorbikes run rampant. The few traffic laws present are definitely not followed. If you don't start walking right in front of traffic, you'll never cross the street. The photo below is the biggest break in traffic I saw. 

Cambodia was an amazing country. I saw about twelve hours of it by bus. We also explored a lot of Hindu turned Buddhist temples. Angkor Wat is the most famous one, built in 1113 AD. We got up at4:30 to go see the famous sunrise over Angkor Wat...there was no sunrise because it happened to be cloudy that day. 

We were only in Singapore for two days. I tried this traditional dish called loksa. It was a delicious, spicy coconut soup with unknown seafood mixed in. Unfortunately, it also gave me a really bad stomach ache. That combined with standing outside for eight hours in 100 degree weather for my English class made Singapore a less favorable experience. It's got great architecture though. 

Myanmar/Burma (I still don't know what to call it) may be my favorite port so far! Everything about this country surprised us! We took an overnight bus to an area called Kalaw where we spent a lot of time hiking through very rural mountain villages.  We slept in a Buddhist monastery before hiking to an elephant camp.  Next we went to Inle Lake where all the people row their fishing boats with their feet. It was a great country!

It's been quite the month. It'll be nice to have a few more days between countries to catch up some sleep and school. In four days I'll be in India! I hope you all are still enjoying winter weather. It's hot hot hot on this side of the world!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hope College Women's Soccer team raised 700$ for Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge!   Way to go TEAM!  #freezinforareason

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Konichiwa everybody!
I’ve just spent a wonderful week in Japan! Using the awesome train system, we’ve been able to see six cities in six days.
In Tokyo, we checked out the Tsujuki Fish Market as well as the infamous Japanese karaoke. The fish market was full of things I didn’t even know existed and definitely didn’t know you could eat. I tried some barbequed eel liver…not my favorite food to say the least. 

Going to Hiroshima was probably the most powerful experience of the trip for me. As soon as we got off the train, we saw the preserved ruins of one of the buildings that was devastated by the atomic bomb. I don’t know what I was expecting, but seeing that was definitely a heart-wrenching shock. The World Peace Park that surrounds it is absolutely beautiful. The area truly lives up to its status as a World Heritage Site. 

The Japanese culture is very interesting. Everyone is very polite and willing to help. They do a lot of the small things right, like heated toilet seats! The only word I’ve used is also one of the most common words used by the people: arigatou, which means thank you. There’s also no tipping in Japan. There is however bowing instead. As we leave a restaurant, we have to let them get the last “arigatou” in. Otherwise, it starts an endless battle of bowing back and forth that we can’t win.
Japan has been an amazing country to visit. The city skylines are dotted with Buddhist and Shinto temples everywhere while the green mountains go on endlessly in the background. Although I’m sad to leave, I am excited to move on to our next port in China! 


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Team Academics

Hope College Women's Soccer was honored with the NSCAA College Team Academic Award.  As a team, the women worked their way to a GPA of 3.52

Way to go Dutch!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


There was alot to celebrate Thursday as the Flying Dutch concluded the regular season with an 8-0 shutout of visiting Albion. The victory advances coach Leigh Sears' Flying Dutch to the four-team conference tournament as the third-seed. The win also gave Hope an undefeated home field record (8-0-1) this season.

Hope ties for second place with Alma in the final MIAA regular season standings at 10-4-2 behind champion Calvin (12-3-1). The Flying Dutch (13-5-2) will meet Alma (13-5-2) at 1 p.m. Friday in a semi-final match of the conference tournament being hosted by Calvin. The other semi-final game will pit Calvin (13-4-1) against Adrian (12-3-4). The winners will play Saturday for the right to compete in the NCAA Division III championships.

The Flying Dutch dominated the field of play against the winless Albion Britons (0-18-2) behind a 41-4 advantage in shots, including 20-2 on-goal. Hope scored four goals in each half. Scoring two apiece were Tricia Bajema and Lindsay Jipping. Adding one each were Lindsey Bieri, Raisa Yewah, Kristin Hazlett, and Kristina Bosch. Goalkeepers Megan Altieri and Kat Dickson combined for Hope's ninth shutout of the season.

Friday, October 26, 2012

St Mary's

The championship of MIAA women's soccer will be on the line Saturday thanks to a prolonged victory by the Flying Dutch on Thursday and an overtime loss by rival Calvin. Coach Leigh Sears' Flying Dutch blanked Saint Mary's 2-0 in a game that went long into the night because approaching thunderstorms caused officials to stop play and empty Van Andel Stadium. Hope led 2-0 when play stopped with 32 minutes remaining in the game. Nearly two hours later, and playing in rain and high wind, the Dutch prevailed by the 2-0 margin. Rival Calvin, meanwhile, had lost 2-1 in overtime to Kalamazoo.
The result is that Saturday's Hope at Calvin noontime match will have MIAA title implications. The Knights are atop the standings with a 10-3-1 league record (31 points) while the Flying Dutch have 29 points behind a 9-3-2 mark. The standings are based on a point system with three points going to the winner. There are two games remaining in the regular season.
The Flying Dutch remained unbeaten at home behind a pair of first half goals, the first was unassisted by Tricia Bajema in the 35th minute and the second came less than two minutes later by Raisa Yewah assisted by Lindsey Bieri. Goalkeeper Megan Altieri recorded her ninth shutout of the season with three saves. Improving to 12-4-2 on the season, the Flying Dutch are 7-0-1 at Van Andel.