Today we all woke up and had breakfast at our normal time, 7 o’clock. “Personally, that’s far too early to wake up, let alone enjoy food and anyone who knows me knows I love food” – Trent 2019, and I stand by that. After breakfast, half of us rushed off to church to practise for our performance, while the other half started packing. At ten past 8 we headed off to church where we sang songs with everyone and a few of us performed for the whole church. It was a lot of fun and we will all miss the singing, smiling and waving at random people. After church we sat around talking to everyone for a while, then we decided we needed to finish packing, so we said our final goodbyes to the locals and left. While packing we all told jokes and remembered funny events that happened on this amazing, perception changing trip.
After a short rest, we jumped on the bus and left Beulah land for the last time. The trip back was a lot more pleasant than the trip there even if we were still sad from leaving the kids at IRC. The beautiful countryside with the endless fields of sugar cane and picturesque mountain ranges did help to quiet our tears, and the cool breeze that came to us after some rain was welcomed. The road was a bit bumpy along the way, with some bits left completely unpaved or more potholes than actual road. After an hour of travelling, we finally arrived in La Carlota where all the girls went and took a long-awaited nap until 6pm where we were picked up for dinner with the mayor.
When we arrived, we were greeted with an amazing performance by La Carlota’s local drumming crew who filled our hearts with amazing beats and we grooved along to on the front steps for a while. Once inside we consumed a hearty dinner and enjoyed another local band, dancing for many more hours. I must say, Mr Peakall’s dancing is something I think I could have gone this lifetime without but was still enjoyed anyway. It took a few of us boys a while to get on the dance floor but when “It’s a party in the USA” started playing we all nd we all changed the words to “it’s a party in the Phili-pines”. Everyone had an amazing time dancing and singing their hearts out. This whole week we all had fun but are all looking forward to going home, yet we all can’t wait to come back next year.
Louise and Trent