Wow wow wow! What a day it was! We worked and played hard today, that’s for sure! We woke up early for some brekky and coffee. It was our last morning with Sasha and Madi… We were so sad… Luckily, the morning wasn’t as early as yesterday, but it was still tough because everyone went dancing last night. It was a great send off to our friends because they got to see the town at night and walk along the beach.
We began the day by going by the school and painting the wall with the signature reach out hand and signing our names. We made our mark on the toilets that we helped build, and it felt good making it official! The handprint was very artistic too, if I might say so myself. Plus, it was a lovely blue for the boys side while the other side is red/pink for the girls. Brilliant, right??
We also painted some goofy monster faces around the windows, just for fun! The boys put in some major effort on their side. I was so impressed with all of their faces. I was taking a picture of all of them with their faces and Chris was so funny. I asked him to pose for the camera and he goes, “what do I do? Hmm well if I bend down, it’ll look like I’m pooing. Oh no, I don’t know what to do.” It was his famous quote of the week. What a fun and funny morning with the group!
We went back late morning after our painting adventures, and by that point it was time for Madi and Sasha to leave. We said our sad farewells with hugs and all and waved goodbye to them. It was so wonderful having them both on program for three weeks. I feel like we got so close in such a short amount of time, and I am so happy to have gotten the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know them. I so appreciate their laughs, their hard work and amazing memories. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, and I hope to see you again in the future!
After our goodbyes, we took it easy playing cards and hanging out at the house until lunch. Mmm lunch was delicious again with some avocado and tomato sandwiches. Oh yeee!
Then, we took off for yet another exciting activity! We all decided to go paragliding!! It wasn’t a long drive before we arrived at the cliff overlooking the most beautiful ocean view you’ve ever seen. Anthea had already done the flying last weekend, so she just came to watch. Ricky, Chris and I were all up to the challenge in doing it this time and it was so worth it! Chris was up first, and as he geared up, he already looked like a pro. He took off with ease launching off the cliff into the air. He went for loops and lifts and went way far down along the coast.
Next up was Ricky, and he also handled the glider like he had been doing it his whole life. He did so many twirlies up and down and over the ocean too! You could tell he was loving it! Then, it was my turn, but my go was definitely not as professional as the other two. It was a rough take off and we had to land right away because there was grass stuck in the strings. The second time was a little bit better, but I’m so awkward! Despite all the difficulties, it was outstanding! I am so glad we all did it. It sounds scary, but it absolutely wasn’t. It was so peaceful and quiet up there, and you could see for miles and miles. It was a breathtaking view of the sand dunes, the ocean, the trees, and a bird’s eye of Ponta. I can’t even explain the feeling because it was exciting yet calming at the same time. Everyone should go in their lives! It’s so easy, safe and fun.
We were all on a high after that, but the day was definitely not over yet. Sean, our program coordinator, took us out for an amazing meal at a place called Sunset Shack. Their chicken is known as the best in town, so we were all keen to try the chicken that everyone is talking about. While our dinner cooked, we watched the sunset over the lake and the sand hills and even found a swing to play on. As they say, once a kid, always a kid. Of course, Ricky was the first one on the swing, and was so eager to swing on it, that he almost kicked the kids playing on it off. Our chicken dinners arrived shortly after and we all dug into it. It is true what they said, it was out of this world. It was definitely the best peri peri chicken I’ve ever had. It must be made with magic or something! Sooo good!
Tonight we are taking it easy because it was quite the day. Plus, we are putting in some work tomorrow at the school. We hope to finish all the toilets this week, so we’re all determined to do so!
Off to bed now, but as always, until tomorrow!