Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Landings and Diggings

Everyone arrived after delayed flights, but all frustration vanished when people stepped into the balmy 75 degree weather and was greeted by palm trees and light breezes. We packed up the vans and took the ride to La Gloria. It was an easy ride with a bit of road construction, making the ride much more comfortable. Now the roads are paved almost to the Posada. People unpacked and we were off for some food at the La Gloria Taco Stand. We returned to the Posada, celebrated Mass and made our 'mail boxes' and headed to bed.

Seven AM came fast and we were up and ready to by 8:30 AM. Volunteer leader Eduardo Zavala Reyes welcomed us and gave us an orientation. We were then off to the work site. We landed in a new neighborhood, after a bit of a hair raising ride to the site. Hills and drops are always part of the ride. We met Rosina, and her chidren Jackie, and Jesus whose home we were to work on. It struck me, "Does it get any better than this. Here we are on the 9th day of Christmas and we are going to build a home for little Jesus." Soon bricks were moved, and shovels were flying and we began a trench. By the time we left a 7 foot retaining wall had been built. We headed back for a pasta dinner and most went to bed rather quickly.

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