Costa Rica Day 5 Recollection
It was the first day on the job site that we have waited 4 days to start. So, our day started with Scrambled eggs with Spinach, Toast with Strawberry jam, Papaya and apple juice. Personally, I ate about 4 pieces of toast which tasted so good because I haven't eaten toast in a long while but that's beside the fact. We geared up and put sunscreen on and headed on to the bus to go to the orphanage. Once we arrived we saw a van full of children who were headed to school and were also blown away that the orphanage was built on the side of a very large foothill you could say. We were introduced to the maintenance man and the administrator who gave us a little background of the orphanage he told us it has been there for 35 years and they only accept help through donations and organizations that are willing to help (such as ourselves). We climbed up 2 flights of cement stairs to the house where our stuff would be locked up so the children won't steal it. So we took time to get used to the house and the toilet had to be filled with water or else it took forever to fill. Strangely, there was no seat for the girls, also there were holes in the roof and a cement sink with washboard built in for laundry. It really made us appreciate what we have back home and the reason why we do what we are doing for the next 7 days. We headed down to the jobs site and started taping and putting newspaper down so we didn't get any paint on the floor. I was in charge of dusting the walls off and getting rid of cobwebs which was a bit scary because some cobwebs would rain down from the top of the wall and you would think it's a spider but it was just cobwebs! Painting then commenced and we did so well I was so pleased with the progress. We almost finished the first coat and then we ran out of paint which was soooo frustrating because we thought we could paint 3 houses in a day but in reality we couldn't even finish the first coat of all four walls. We definitely had really high expectations for the project. Lunch was rice with beef and chickpeas which was good minus the chickpeas but I ate a few just to try. After lunch it was pouring and it was time to play with the kids so we headed to a rec room that had just enough to space for 20, plus 6-10 children that came to play! it involved games like follow the leader, name sharing to help break the ice, and a chicken fight! (there is a child on your back and you run into people gently and make sound effects!) The children laughed so hard and had so much fun they open up much more than at first. Stella Ella Hola was a really popular game for both us and the kids and of course we all loved the human knot which we only figured out once with a group of 10 including children. We then left and headed home to have a break and to relax and shower. We had a delicious supper which consisted of a chicken wings, mash potatoes, and a tomato and green pepper salad. Let's just say the mash potatoes were Fantastico! After, we started Salsa dancing lessons and it was amazing! I am actually pretty good at the salsa if I have a partner. I just have issues with spinning myself and then the girl. We are now ready for bed and a day at the sports club tomorrow should be fun!