We just finished our 2nd week of house building and for some reason it has been a tough week, we have all been feeling really tired. Perhaps it is the slight lack of food we are getting. It is great to have breakfast, lunch and dinner cooking for us but we need to stock up on provisions for ourselves. Put it this way, one of our lunches was cold boiled vegetables from the night before (two potatos, a carrot, corn and a weird green vegetable that we still don´t know the name of!). We were left rather hungry that day so we made a really big deal of liking the sandwich that she made for us one day...now we really look forward to sandwich day, you wouldn´t realise how excited someone could get over a sandwich!!
We started the new house on Wednesday, which is in the same village as the first one. Everything is pretty much the same apart from the fact that there are hundreds of kids here, and there are at least two new ones appearing each day. These kids are a lot more confident that the last lot and instead of asking what they can do to help you suddenly realise that some of your tools have gone missing and there are a bunch of little people with hammers, cement and trowel in hand! They are cute but they are trouble!!
There is cone particularly cute kid (the youngest son of the house we are building), who we have come to know as high 5 Henry. Every time he sees you (approx every few minutes) he wants several high 5´s! He is only 6yrs old.
The weeks has been fairly like the last one but today was Shana´s last day so she bought a piñata for the kids which caused uncontrollable amounts of excitement. One of our builders had rigged it up properly so that it could be moved up and down and side to side to make it harder for the kids to hit. They were also blind folded and spun around to make them dizzy. While one child dangerously swung the stick in all directions (narrowly missing the spectators), another kid would occasionally dive in from the side as if his life depended on grabbing the rogue sweet that escaped from the piñata.
When the piñata finally ripped and a cascade of sweets fell out, all hell broke loose. A shrieking, giggling, feeding frenzy began...it verged on violent! It was a lot of fun and we will be getting a piñata for the kids each time we finish a house...it is great fun to watch.