I felt like I was in Lord of the Rings as we knocked on our hotel door, carved of beautiful wood, in darkness; a man cracked the door open and I felt like I need to come up with a secret password on the spot…I refrained and he took us through a dimly lit hallway that suddenly opened into a courtyard lined with two stories of rooms. We kept walking, literally from the outside this building looks like nothing, and to my amazement entered another courtyard.
I’ve heard people say that when they step off the plane into another country, it’s like stepping into a storybook. Antigua, where we have the pleasure of staying, is definitely like that. The city is lined with cobblestone streets and buildings painted red, yellow, and teal, all faded by the sun and dirt. Every piece of Antigua makes me smile.
But Cruz Blanca, a village in the mountains where we work an hour away from Antigua, is equally as beautiful to me…just in a different way. Its streets are lined with dirt. Every roof is made of tin and easy to drill through (lucky for us when it came to making stoves), floors of dirt and the walls are either tin, cinder-block, concrete, sticks or a mixture of the above.
The children are beautiful, I mean really beautiful. Big eyes with even bigger smiles, dressed in the most beautiful colored patterns (I’m bringing their style back to the states, I’m in love with it).
So today, day one, was full of absorption for me. It’s 9:18pm here and I’m barely awake so I’m going to give you the highlights (lucky you, you don’t have too much more reading to endure). Today we:
-Explored the learning center
-Installed 19 stoves and 19 water filters all around Cruz Blanca (both are awesome and I can’t wait to tell you about them)!
-Got in a tickle war with 6 kids. Even though I’m not ticklish they still won, man so much energy.
-Awkwardly laughed countless times when the children spoke to me in Spanish and I had no idea what they were saying. Used the phrase “No Intiendo”, but did learn a few more vocab words and remembered more than I expected from high school…
Can’t wait to see what else God has in store for this storybook. Thanks for the prayers!!