We were up by 5:30 once again for breakfast at 6:15. I must say that the food here has really improved. We have had some type of melon or pineapple for nearly every meal. We started our work day at 7:30. Some of us went to the elementary school and some of us went to the middle school. There are also others that are painting today and have been working with the chidlren to make a patchwork piece to present to the Honduran President and his wife, to the Dooleys on their 55th anniversary and to the Hopes when we return. It has become quite an undertaking and it appears that the sewing machines are not working very well. again, we mixed cement and I actually learned a new trick with that. If you will recall, we mix it on the ground, buiding what we call a volcano. We use 4 – 90 pound bags of cement to 6 wheelbarrows of sand. We mix it up by dumping the sand in a pile, then opening a bag of cement on top of that, then another whellbarrow or 2, then cement, etc. Then we mix it up by moving the pile over, then we dig a hole in the middle and pour water in the middle. We then shovel the mixture along the edge of the water until it is about to break, then we take the water and drag it over the sides of the volcano and continue to add the dry mixture to the center. We then move the pile again, mixing it all up and pouring water over it to keep it moist. We then fill up a wheelbarrow and take it to the area that is being poured. We usually have 2 wheelbarrows going and today we were mixing only 2 piles at a time, siunce we had lost some of our workers. Some of the younger in our group got blisters on their hands the first day, but they still hung in there and continued to mix concrete with everyone else. It was truly an amazing experience to be working side by side with the Hondurans.

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About lynntclarke

I am an attorney by trade, but love to travel. I am in my "golden" years and decided to blog about some of my trips, mainly to keep a diary of my experiences, so that I can do picture books for my travels and remember what I did each day. When you travel, you tend to forget the day before as you are having such wonderful new experiences. The blog will be there forever, I suppose, but memories fade fast. I hope you learn something worthwhile as you read. If not, then that is okay, too. Enjoy your own travels!!!

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