Today we started an hour earlier, breakfast at 6 and working by 7(ish).
We moved countless truck loads of dirt, stone and cement. We added 5 more rows of brick to the wall. It is about chest or chin high now.
Everyone worked really hard today and it seemed to make the day go by more quickly. I am pretty good at doing many things with both hands and/or either hand Unfortunately shoveling is not one of them. I now have 4 rips on my right hand and one on my left.
One of the village girls told us that she wishes we could stay. It was nice to hear beause sometimes I feel like we slow them down. But I think, actually, we might be helping! We have 1 1/2 days of work left and lots left to finish.
I was thinking last night that I can't remember the last time I went a whole week without:
Diet mountain dew or any soda
Seeing my parents
Talking to my parents
Wine or any alcohol
Surfing on the Internet (these posts are barely going through. Which reminds me, if you are leaving comments on my posts I probably won't be able to see them or reply until I return. You can email me instead if you want)
And I definitely have some battle wounds to show for all the hard work:
The previously mentioned rips and blisters on my hands
A seriously big and ugly bruise on my thigh
A skinned knee (from slipping while pushing the wheel barrel and falling on my face and knees, twice)
Two scraped ankles (from dropping a brick on myself)
And some seriously bad tan lines (ankles, weird criss crossing and tank top and racer back lines on my back)
All that being said I am truly grateful that we do have:
Hot water showers
Clean towels and sheets
The ocean right outside our door
A little bit of Internet so I can share this and also hear from family and friends
My Patagonia gear that keeps me about as cool as possible
Great team members that manage to keep me and everyone else laughing
When I get home I will definitely be in need of:
Home cooked meals
And lots of sleep