Progress!

Today was definitely a productive day on site! We continued the building of the septic tank…which I must stress is much harder than it looks! The Mozambique sun is a harsh mistress 🙂 On today’s agenda was to paint the roof, continue plastering/rendering, moving a lot of cement bricks (HEAVY!) and building up the septic tank. Having this amount of work done my only 5 volunteers as well should definitely be commended! I’m very proud!

getting to roofing ready!

getting to roofing ready!

Heavy lifting by Lucy! Look at those Guns!

Heavy lifting by Lucy! Look at those Guns!

Perhaps Jeremy should be a teacher?

Perhaps Jeremy should be a teacher?

Painting the roof

Painting the roof

Chelsea getting into the thick of it

Chelsea getting into the thick of it

Lochie soaking up the sun, and working of course

Lochie soaking up the sun, and working of course

Paint fun!

Paint fun!

Or dirt fun!

Or dirt fun!

Throughout the day we found some local kids who were selling baby mangos and we had a feast right there at the school under the shade of a massive tree! We are working hard but sometimes it’s amazing to sit back, look at what you’ve achieved and feel very happy, and you can’t help but think…life is good.

mmmm mangos

mmmm mangos

Or perhaps Jeremy should be a model?

Or perhaps Jeremy should be a model?

At the end of the day it was time for a beach swim and some markets! I think many people at home would be surprised to hear what time we’ve all being going to bed…usually around 9pm! It’s getting wild here in this sleeping town of Mozambique haha

Dinner tonight however was amazing! We went into the local area of town and had dinner with the local people. There was one light bulb and everything was cooked over hot coals! The local children came and danced for us, and we were also encouraged to dance for them…so we taught them all the Macarena! Spending time with the locals was amazing, learning about their culture and just having something as simple as a dinner, was one of the most special experiences of the trip so far. It was very dark to take any pictures, but trust me when I say it was really special 🙂

Afterwards most of the group went to the beach to look for turtles and ended up seeing a mother turtle giving birth to many, many eggs! Sitting there watching such an event is a once in a lifetime experience but we will hopefully see it again soon when we head to Kosi Bay! We sat there until 1am it was so spectacular! Perhaps a sleep in is in order tomorrow.

Until tomorrow!
~ Jess

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