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Location: Venecia & Hotel Aeropuerto

Today we started off with a nice breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and tons of delicious fruit at the Hotel Torre Fuerte. Soon after, we loaded up the minibus with our bags and waited for Nela, the lady that would be taking us to our final project. We drove for about 10 minutes and arrived to where we would be working for the first half of the day. We got off the bus and after deciding ona good meeting time and place for lunch, we walked down a very slippery muddy pathway, over a rickety river bridge, and arrived to the small neighborhood where we’d be helping out. Session 1 students actually mixed,poured, and leveled out about 75% of the cement used to create flooring for a small 2 bedroom house. By this point, we were all pros at mixing cement… all we needed to know were sand:rock:cement proportions and we got to work! We mixed a very large pile of cement right on top of the grass where the last group had done the same thing a fewweeks before. After about an hour, we took a nice quick fruit/juice snack break and got to try a new fruit from the area. We went back and mixed yet another 8 or so wheelbarrow’s worth of cement and that was all that was needed to complete the flooring for the house. After taking some final pictures and playing with a cutepuppy, we realized that we had worked so quickly that we finished an hourearly. Nela thentook us toa crystal clear stream about 15 minutes away and we all waded in the coolwater for a bit. It was a hot day so it was incredibly refreshing. About30 minutes later, Henry (our driver) came by to pick us up and took us back to the Torre Fuertehotel. The hotel had prepared us homemade hamburgers with French fries. We weren’t quite hungry yet so we took our lunches on the bus and stopped along the way to eat our delicious lunchesat a park. The drive back was beautiful with rolling hills and misty mountains covered with fruit plantations. When we arrived tothe hotel, we went straight to our rooms, showered, and relaxed. At6:30, we had dinner and shared some great conversation about trip highlights (particularly the funnier times). Later on, Gail came by to say goodbye and we talked and laughed about who knows what… all I can say is that, at one point, everyone was laughing because Gail and Xavierwere demonstrating some sort of self defense move. After some high quality conversation, we all wentto bed. Will and Cass will be headed to the airport around4am tomorrowwith Anna.Isis, Morgan and Xavier will be leaving a few hours laterwith Evan at7:30amto catch their flights back home. Can’t believe how fast this has gone by.Safe travels everyone! Thank for being a group to remember!