Because the guys were so excited about shopping, we got up extra early to ensure there was enough time. Little did we know that we should have gotten them up two hours earlier since the guys were such slow shoppers. The drive up to Valley of the Angels was scenic. Unfortunately, we were unable to see much of it because of the smoke from many of the fires going here. We did see some bomberos (firefighters) who were attempting to put out some grass fires. Hopefully the rain we got tonight will help clear some of that up.
When we arrived in Valley of the Angels, we immediately connected with the group from Tegucigalpa. We are now ONE! Everyone was really excited to see one another- you’d think we hadn’t seen each other for months. The highlight of the day was pizza and ice cream for lunch. Shortly after that we headed back to Esquias armed with bags full of souvenirs. The Esquias group, who are already quite experienced at riding on the bumpy Honduran roads, enjoyed watching the reaction of the Tegucigalpa group as they drove through their first stream.
Since today was Holy Thursday we attended mass with the local parishioners. Last night, mass was said to start at maybe… maybe… 6 OR 7. Today, we finally figured out that it “started” at 7. The actual start time of mass was around 7:30- a prime example of Honduran time. We all agreed that the Hondurans enthusiastically participated in the service. This rubbed off on some of our students who began to sing with the congregation in Spanish.
We’re really packed in the dining room for both meals and junta, but we’re surviving. Tomorrow we will participate in the Stations of the Cross which will be a new experience for the students. Afterwards, the students will finally get an afternoon off to go wear off some of their energy down at the REAL soccer field. We also plan to go back to the homes where we put in the cement floors so that everyone can see how they look. We’re beginning to pack some of the bags full of souvenirs so start getting ready for our return!
Mitch Duckwitz: Hello Mother and Father. Sorry I did not write sooner. We have been very busy working and playing with the kids. We have done many things for the poor people here; mainly digging trenches, but I find it fun- it’s a lot better than McDonald’s even though it may be easier. I have missed home and feel I am ready to come back. I hope you have not enjoyed having me gone too much even though I bet it was nice. I can’t wait to come home and see you. Love, Mitch.
Becca Swalve: Hi Mom! We went shopping today so of course it was my favorite day! Can’t wait to show you everything. Miss you and love you. Can’t wait to see everyone. Miss you too, Taylor!
Connie Spears: Hi everyone! I miss you guys. Today was full of shopping and rejoining with the rest of the group. Can’t wait to see you soon! Love you!
Julie Hagen: Dear Mom/Erin, I feel much better. Please don’t worry! And don’t tell Grandma/Grandpa. Yikes! Much love. 72 hours.
Katie Doughtry: We have arrived in Esquias! The terrain is even prettier here and we have finally met up with everyone else! I can’t believe we only have 2 days left. See you all soon!
Jenny Rehan: Hey Mom, Dad, and Bren. I miss you three! We went shopping all day so I’m right at home. See you soon, love you guys!
Bailee Schultz: I’m actually starting to miss home now. Today was fun because we rejoined with the other group. Sorry Grandma, but I’ve already pet 5 dogs since I’ve been here. Love and miss everyone!
Marry Henrich: I was finally able to meet Gissela for the first time! After about 9 years of waiting, we were so happy to finally meet. I’m glad that the team is finally back together. P.S. Dad, I’m still waiting for those frogs.
Megan Tentinger: Today it rained which felt great! I’m loving the weather here! Yes you are right- the roads are making me feel icky. Only two more days. Can’t wait to see you. Love you Dad and Mom and Duke and Patches!
Ashley Ellensohn: So today we went shopping and it was wonderful. I tried to find something for everyone. I even bartered for the first time! I’m still trying to find a little kid to bring home. Love and kisses.
Mary Klein: Jim, Michelle, Nathan, Emily- We had a fun morning of shopping for you in the Valley of Angels today. Tonight we went to mass in Esquias and I thought of you too. Love you and am anxious to see you, Mom.