We opened the day with the confidence and positivity of true veterans, having put in our first full day with eight hours of work the day prior that led us to believe we had this construction thing in the bag. We were soon brought back to reality with the simple task of pushing wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow full of adobe bricks up to the site of the homes.
It is a wonderful thing to be able to test one's own physical abilities, and an even more amazing opportunity when you have the support of strangers. Just when I thought my forearms would give out, little Justin-Steven gave me a massive push to ensure I made it all the way to the top. Couldn't believe it. These kids have ten times the strength of many adults I know back home. Then onto to the bricklaying with our expert Jose Miguel. He was absolutely lovely and patient and told me a nice story about his travels throughout Bolivia in La Paz and Cochabamba.
I got to get a few little chats with my buddy Gretel which was super fun. Her giggles make my day.