Cooking the Fiesta

Day 12 – Saving the Best for Last & A Fiesta

Today is the last work day for the Canadian team whose return flight leaves tomorrow. Yesterday, when we told Oscar of our progress, he mentioned that the bathrooms could use painting.  I know its been several years since we painted them.  Christina says we painted them four years ago when she was last here.  Kathy says she painted them once when she was here about 7 or 8 years ago.  None of us recall it as being a fun job, especially on a hot day.  The bathrooms have tall ceilings requiring a step ladder or some homemade contrived device to be able to reach the ceilings.  The rooms get very hot, especially on a summer day when you’re hanging out in the “rafters”.  And to top it off, the rooms don’t have a pleasant odor on hot days.  Nevertheless, painting the bathrooms is the prime directive for today, along with painting the upper portion of the stairwell to the second story (also, a warm job on a summer day).  For whatever reason the stairwell is also two-tone in the sense that the upper portion is a different color than the lower portion.  I guess this is an extension of the two-tone color scheme of the outside walls.  I doubt that most of the students notice the paint colors in the stairwell, but it does give it a nice look when it’s freshly painted and there’s enough light to catch the effect.

Painting the Stairwell
Painting the Stairwell

The ceilings above first floor walkway also need to be painted.  Danny says that he painted these last year without a roller extension and it left him with very sore muscles.  This year he has brought retractable extension rollers, so we are better equipped to tackle this job.

Painting the Ceilings
Painting the Ceilings

As expected, the bathrooms are hot and odiforous.  Each bathroom also has three shower stalls, at least one of which is in working order.  The non-functioning shower stalls are used as storage areas or junk receptacles depending on your perspective.  Nevertheless we persevere and complete both of the bathrooms except for the trim at the top of the ceiling.

Painting the Bathrooms
Painting the Bathrooms

At the end of the day, we only have trimming left to do at the top of the ceilings in two classrooms and one of the bathrooms, plus cleanup tasks.  We are thankful to have finished almost everything before the Canadian team departs.  To celebrate completion of our tasks, Christina has organized a Fiesta (party).  Pastor Dario’s neighbor has agreed to host it and cook asado for us if we provide the meat.  We gather around 8 p.m. and play volleyball or just visit while we are waiting for the asado to finish.

Gathering for the Fiesta
Gathering for the Fiesta
Hanging Out for Asado
Hanging Out for Asado
Sam and Danny
Sam and Danny
The "Boys"
The “Boys”

One thing we can never complain about is the love and hospitality that is extended to us while we are here.  Everyone goes out of their way to make us feel welcome and provide for our needs – no one wants us to go home hungry.  Tonight’s meal of chorizo sausage and grilled beef is no exception.  About quarter after nine, we fill two large tables and sit down to another delicious meal shared with friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ.  A great way to end a day, any day.

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