We then had a whole week of doing construction work (well 4days anyway). We had a go at mixing the clay for the walls (which you do by using your feet!), cutting bamboo, and making a wall out of wood. The clay was fun to work with although made us have a permanent orange glow. We finished off a big wall, making it look pretty with lots of bamboo to let in light. That was pretty much what we did every day! We also started work on building walls for a cupboard, which was nice as we could 'own' a part of the building work. We also assisted in the garden making holes for cucumber plants with a spade-type-thing, which was hard work in the blazing heat, and don't think we were quite strong enough as I think he went back over the ones that we did after we had left! But at least we tried!
It then came to our next weekend off and we decided that we defiantly deserved a day on the beach! So we went off to a beach nearby with one of the other volunteers. When we got there we found that it was actually a national park (Bang Ben Beach), but there was no one else there! So we had miles and miles of sandy beach all to ourselves! Was so pretty and so nice to chill out after working so hard (ha!). We spent the day there lying in the sun and bobbing in and out of the sea (we couldn't decide if we were being stung/bitten by something or whether it was just paranoia of jelly fish we were feeling!) We then went off to a night market where we sampled some local delights and sat sipping yummy smoothies whilst watching the people from the foundation we were volunteering for playing in a band on the street to make a bit more money. On our next day off we just chilled at home reading and playing cards most of the day and started to get our stuff together for packing up later in the week.
Work-wise the next week we carried on with making our cupboard, and managed to finish a wall of it, so signed our names in it to make it clear that we had accomplished it (they will definitely clay over that at some point!) We had a short Thai lesson as well with some helpful phrases to get us through traveling…although everyone seems to laugh whenever we try and speak Thai…not sure yet where we are going so wrong! It then came the time for us to think about packing up our stuff and leave DinDang…really sad to leave as it was really fun and we met some lovely people, but we are both really excited to start the next part of our trip. When we left we got given a bracelet from the other volunteers and from the owner (Bow) and his father, and his helper (Gok) to wish us luck on our journeys. We are now in Chumphon again (having past an elephant just chilling on the highway on the way here!!) Very excited to see more of them up in the north, which is our next stop!