Published: July 5th 2012July 4th 2012
Feliz Día de Independencia! I am all the way down in Central America and I still got to see fireworks tonight! I couldn’t believe it; Ana Lucia went out and bought them, along with a cake for all of us Gringos who were missing the celebrations in the States. It was very cool! The boys from the Children’s Home celebrated with us as we sang the Star Spangled Banner, ate cake, and set off fireworks and firecrackers. This was in-between the power going out and coming back on sporadically. But back to today.
Regular wake-up time and a long day of working at the trench. We had to fill in the trench surrounding the property with concrete and rocks, to build the foundation for the wall which will be built in the near future. So today I helped mix cement (again) and also was part of an assembly line of sorts, passing rocks from the pike to the trench. As my neck was burning more and more, and wearing my hat backward didn’t help, Wilson was kind enough to give me his panueleta to keep the sun off my neck and back. At 11 I went back to
the school so the kids could write more letters to my LMS students. I also attended a third grade class today, where the kids are just learning their ABC’s in English. The little ones are too cute, always hugging me, borrowing my sunglasses, and playing games on my cell phone.
Regretfully I didn’t work anymore after lunch, but I did, however, get to run an errand with AnaLucia. She invited me to go with her to the village next to Villa Soleada, MonteOlivo. An organization called La Ceiba, based in the US, has been helping to fund the building of homes in the community. Right now, the majority of families live in shacks made of tin. The new houses that are being constructed are made of concrete, like the ones in Villa Soleada. As they have very little manpower, construction is obviously very slow. One house at a time is built, so families wait patiently for their turn to move in to a house with a sturdier frame, and maybe a bit more living space. Furniture is minimal, if at all, and beds are non-existent. Mostly people sleep on the floor, on shared mattresses. Needless to say the visit
was eye-opening, as I realized how well-off the families here in Villa Soleada actually are in comparison.
When I got back, I hung out with the kids here a little, while they played Fruit Ninja on my phone. I watched some of the soccer game, and then headed back to shower and eat dinner. Have I mentioned how good the food is here? Tonight was steak, or beef jerky as some called it. The meat was little tough, to say the least! But I also got my rice and beans which I was psyched to eat!
After cake and fireworks, and a few more power outages, we watched the movie, “Sin Nombre.” a Mexican-American adventure film. Lots of action, some drama, violence, and overall pretty depressing. But, we enjoyed it anyway!
Off to the market tomorrow morning! Wahoo!!
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