This morning was breakfast at 9 to get ready for our day to Wilson’s Village! During breakfast we were fortunate enough to have brought many sandwich baggies which we used to fill with breads, meat, and other foods for gifts. Wilson and his youngest son Wincer (2 years old) were so thrilled to have such good food that they didn’t wait even a minute to start eating!  Yogurt and sandwiches while driving? Tricky.

Within 15 minutes of arriving in the village it seemed that every family and child within miles were at their doorstep. We quickly pulled out the little rainbow loom elastics and started making bracelets, which translates to “bosas” in Spanish! We’re all starting to speak so well! We probably all spent over two hours making bracelets and rings. It’s amazing how quickly they learn even when we’re all speaking a different language. The children also don’t quit get that we don’t understand most of what they say. All in all, it was a success.

Kim and Alicia decided to explore some and went for a walk with a family to their home. There was a mother with five children who graciously invited us in and offered a chair and water, which we politely declined. It’s so humbling how others are towards pleasing us, even when they have so little for themselves. We held a small conversation full of exchanging names and ages then bid then headed back

Excitingly an ice cream truck drove by right as the bunch finished with bracelets! Who can say no to 50 kids pleading for ice cream? We can’t. Sue fluttered over with money and quickly there were chocolaty faces and sticky hands all over the place.

Just in time, our favorite Nurse to be, Kim pulled out toothbrushes and her magical medicine backpack! That attracted quite the swarm of families. Kim did an absolutely phenomenal job organizing and explaining in the little Spanish she could muster handing out, cough medicine, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Tums as calcium supplements and the first aid kits put together by Doctor Kim herself. There were two girls diagnosed with Lice and one with Ringworm. Fortunately we were able to go to the pharmacy to get them antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicine, and Lice treatment. Without us being there to purchase these prescriptions, these would have never subsided.

Lunch was a spread of rice, beans, chicken, (we think, language barrier problems) and Coca Cola. Sue and Corey were brave enough to try the “bird” while the rest stuck to rice and beans. It was unbelievable of Wilson’s family to understand our need for clean and preserved food and drink. Everything on the table was covered, cooked well and they had even purified water for us along with a new large bottle of Coke. For a dessert after lunch there was a platter of queso cheese, which no one really particularly enjoyed unfortunately.

After lunch we had a sleepy ride back to the hotel. Dinner was full of bonding at 7, not 7:30 (Ben and Caroline). Evening meeting and organizing took place in Sue and Corey’s room where we put together clothes, medicine, and gifts for tomorrows journey. While the language barrier today was difficult, laughter, charades and facial expressions got us through.

Hasta Manana y Buenos Noches!

                                    Sue, Corey, Kim, Alicia, Ben, and Caroline