Flowers in Karen's Back Yard

Day 11 – Our Most Productive Day

Today, we were back to work painting at Adonai school.  We did have some extra motivation today, when we realized that the Canadian team would be leaving us on Wednesday already.  We also received some help from Sam, who had become friends with Lucas, who taught English at the school last year.  He had come to our dinner at Don Dario’s house last night and offered to come and help.  With Sam’s help and the extra motivation of the pending departure of the Canadians, we were able to make great strides toward completing our painting at the school.

Sam Painting
Sam Painting

We painted all of the outside walls on the first level starting at the church sanctuary all the way to the end of the original classrooms.

Natasha painting
Natasha painting

We painted the outside support pillars:

Nancy painting pillars
Kathy painting pillars

..including those in the cafeteria area:

Lauren Painting
Lauren Painting

Then we painted the walls leading into the bathrooms:

Christina Painting
Christina Painting

…and more classrooms:

Chynna Painting
Chynna Painting

….and the second story walls:

Painting the Second Story Walls
Painting the Second Story Walls

We painted high:

Danny Painting
Danny Painting

We painted low:

Painting the new classrooms
Painting the new classrooms

…and everything in between:

Alex Painting
Alex Painting

Blanca came to school and made us soup for lunch:

Lunch is Served
Lunch is Served

In the afternoon, we worked on the “great wall” (of the cafeteria\dining room).  We had been dreading it due to its size and height, but it went quickly once we were able to get two ladders going simultaneously.

Painting the "Great Wall"
Painting the “Great Wall”

When we finished for the day, we had completed all of the outside walls and nearly all of the remaining classrooms. We went back to the Quinta tired, but feeling good about what we had accomplished.  In the morning, Karen had told us we were having hamburgers for supper. The hamburger turned out to be more like roast beef, but it worked for us anyway.

Hamburgers
Hamburgers

We ended the evening with rousing group games of Apples-to-Apples and Bananagrams, and went to bed savouring our accomplishments for the day.

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