Today is my second to last day working in San Antonio, also being nearly the end of my trip in Antigua. This trip flew by unfortunately; I wish I was here a little longer because this place was life changing for me. In the future, I do plan to come back to Guatemala because it had an amazing effect on me and I would like to explore more of this country.
This morning, I woke up, got ready for the day, and headed over to Violetta’s for breakfast. For breakfast, she prepared us a delicious bowl of cocoa rice cereal with apples, along with sugar bread and coffee on the side. It is a necessity to dip the sugar bread in the coffee, the two complement each other perfectly.
After breakfast, my group (John Curran and Anderson Melendez), and our mentor Brian headed out at 0700 to catch a ride on a chicken bus for San Antonio. We got very lucky this morning with the chicken bus because it was not packed like they usually are, which means each of us got our own seat for the ride. The group and I arrived at our worksite at about 0730 and got to work straight away. Our project for this worksite was to create walls that divided the restroom, sink, shower, along with adding one more metal sheet on top of the roof of the bathroom at this family’s home.
We created two walls consisting of concrete cylinder blocks and securing them in place with cement. This required us to mix the cement powder with water in order to create the final mixture. Then we were able to create a foundation, apply a layer of the cement, stack the concrete cylinder blocks, and then repeat this process. Luckily yesterday we nearly finished both walls, therefore, we just had to do some final touch ups then we were done.
Once we finished the walls, we just had to add an extra metal sheet to the roof so that the entire bathroom was covered. It only required drilling six screws into the metal sheet to secure it, three in the front and three in the back.
Our worked day was completed at 1000, so we cleaned up all of our equipment, and then headed to the textile museum to do a little shopping for our families. Anderson bought a couple bags for his siblings, John bought a little purse for his mother, and I bought a hat for myself along with a coffee mug for my mother. Before I leave Guatemala, I plan on buying something for each of my family members. We spent about an hour hanging out and shopping at the textile museum.
Then Professor Lennon came to pick us up and bring us to lunch. On the way back, we also stopped by my group’s first worksite at Brillo de Sol in San Gaspar to pick up David Moore, Ted Libelo, and Dan Madsen. The school looks so much different since my group last worked on it, and the final product that the other groups worked so hard on looks fantastic.
After that, we all drove back together to get a bite to eat at Violetta’s for lunch. She made two plates, one plate consisting of chicken, rice, and potatoes, and a vegetarian plate consisting of rice, guacamole, potatoes, beats, and tortillas on the side of course. This is going to be our last lunch at Violetta’s, so at the end of lunch, we all thanked her for everything that she has done for us.
After lunch, we all headed back to the Purpose Hostel to relax for about an hour then headed over to the Ixchel Spanish School for our last Spanish lesson at 1400.
For my last Spanish lesson, my tutor Ingrid and I just played a couple games and went over any other questions I had for her. At the end of the lesson, I gave her four snickers chocolate bars, because it was her favorite treat, and she made me a card. On top of that, the school prepared us a little buffet consisting of chicken wings, little hot dogs, tortillas, chips and guacamole, chips smothered in beans, and plenty of soda for everyone. It was a really nice thing to do for us to say one last farewell. I am really going to miss working with Ingrid.
Once we said our last farewells to our tutors, we headed back to the hostel to get ready for dinner. We rested up for a couple hours after eating the buffet at the school, and then headed out in town to find something to eat. I had dinner with Matt, John, and Ainsley at La Casa Ca. This was our third time going there. Even after going there three times, I still got the quesadilla de pollo con coca cola (chicken quesadilla with a coca cola). It was filled with chicken, cheese, onions, peppers, and it was just as good as it was the last couple times I got this meal. It was getting pretty late so the gang and I headed back to the hostel. We all had a pretty long day, so we all went to bed fairly early around 2130.