Alpha 8Time to clock off for the weekend. We decided to spend our first free afternoon bonding over a game of cards and lounging in the backyard of one of our host families. Of course, nothing says group bonding quite like a big bowl of papaya which we managed to successfully scoff down in under a minute.
The following day we joined the majority of the San Jose community, as well as Alpha 7, at the local baseball game. We spent an exciting day comparing notes with our ‘amigos’ from Alpha 7 while working on our tans. To put the cherry on top of a perfect day we cooled off in the watering hole. We were now fresh and eager to start a new week on the worksite....
...unfortunately this enthusiasm died off somewhat when we learnt that our task was to pick up yet more rocks from the nearby field for the floor of the centre, but Alpha 8 kept their spirits up with catchy rock-related tunes, the most noteworthy being Queen’s classic ‘We will rock you’, closely followed by ‘I like big rocks and I cannot lie!’
The next few days flew by in a flash and we all appreciated the return of Alfredo, Dani and Valeria, along with the roadtrip crew who came to stay for a few days. The day after could not have been anything more than we could have hoped for – our hard work had finally paid off as we started laying bricks. It was now that we could see a building forming and the San Jose community centre was no longer just an image in our heads.
Building such a construction is no easy task and being a phase one group, it is a shame that we will not see the end result of all our hard work. Luckily for us though we were able to see what we were working towards as that afternoon we walked to Los Apantes, an hour or so from San Jose. The walk was energising (for some!), but the view from the top was breathtaking for all. Once there we spent time with the families and were fully able to appreciate the value of a community centre.
As always, Alpha 8 sends much love to everyone back home. Thank you to friends and family for their thoughtful messages.