Today was a 6 o’clock wake up, and like usual Greg Beacham gave us his legendary wake up, which is just him yelling as loud as he can before forcing himself to knock on each door. We pulled ourselves out of bed and headed to breakfast on trikes. Someone of us looking alive while other were wishing they had gone to bed earlier, (that was me). Breakfast was a choice of really big sausages, omelet, noodles and the beloved rice that reminds us of the dreaded lugaw. After a quick breakfast we jumped in our bus and headed off for an hour’s drive, twisting around mountains to the beautiful Cabacungan, which is located near a volcano. Apparently, the bus ride was actually a roller coaster because some of us cracked our heads on the back of the seats in front of us as a couple potholes were thrown in our direction. However, the view made up for the bumpy ride as we were all in awe looking over the massive mountains and luscious terrain. We soon arrived at an orphanage, where Ellenbrook was located, to help create a basketball court for the children. Dividing into groups of 3 we managed to complete ¾ of it as we all worked as a team and began to smash the job. However, a curveball was thrown in our direction during the early part of our day: It rained. Not rained … but poured. Actually, thunder stormed. Most of us stood drenched with a mixture of mud, cement, sweat and rain under cover hoping it would finish soon, so we could continue the job we so desperately wanted to do. With the authorities calling a break we waded through water that reached our calves. Hurrying to shelter we met “The White house” which was the accommodation for the Ellenbrook people, before having lunch and playing a game of dress ups; switching between our dry clothes and then back again into our dirty ones as the sky cleared and we went to continue our work at the orphanage. It was completed within 4 hours altogether.
We said our goodbyes and pulled our damp and exhausted bodies back into the bus before heading to our accommodation. Soon, which was really another hour and half, (many of us desperate for the bathroom) we arrived back, running and claiming first showers. And again it began to rain, which over here is both a relief and a curse. As we swam towards our bus one last time, we were welcomed into the dinning room before have the beloved chicken on a stick for dinner along with noodles, rice and vegie fritters. It was great and I’m pretty sure I’m gaining weight rather than losing it. And now as we write this we wait for the most exciting night time activity, MASSAGES! Goodnight and we hope to have you join us on this adventure again tomorrow. BYE.
Lots of love, Maddy and Mon.
Missing you but also having loads of fun xx