Relax, recharge, repeat..


Yesterday was perhaps the most relaxing day we’ve had yet. Since we’ve reached the half way point in the program, we took the day off! At around 9 or so in the morning we boarded the boat and went for a cruise around the island. We listened to music, sang along, played games, and generally enjoyed the breeze while looking at some of the most beautiful island landscape you can find.

Once we arrived at the Northern side of the island, we hopped out of the boat and swam ashore to find a whole stretch of beach reserved for us. There was a bar, tables and chairs, and even a water swing just waiting on our arrival. Oh, our bartender was pretty awesome too- he’s also our team leader and the one writing this blog ;). The day was all about physical and mental rejuvenation, so in order to get a drink you had to say something that you’re grateful for; one thing I can say for certain is that this group has SO MUCH to be thankful for and definitely acknowledges that. I loved hearing all about it.
It wasn’t long before we started playing games, beginning with…COCONUT RACES!!! We broke up into teams of 4 and  set up two tables with three coconuts on each. The first team to move all three coconuts to the opposite table and then back was declared the winner. If I told you it didn’t get a little intense, I may be lying. But the intensity was all in good competition!! In the end, Team Boss was simply too much of a force, carrying a clean sweep for the day.
We also spent a large portion of the afternoon playing cards and making up different random games. But overall, endless conversation was King. I think we’re reaching the point where we all feel like we’ve known each other for years. It makes down time some of the most interesting time. I’m learning about people: their families, interests and passions, hopes and dreams, and all the in between. I’m watching them get to know this village and its people. I see the same kids hanging around the same volunteers, creating relationships that I’m quite sure won’t fade for some time. I hear the volunteers ask for things in Khumer now rather than just English. I watched them order traditional dishes at lunch yesterday, like Loc Lak, rather than a burger or pizza. I can see this culture being embraced by them, teaching them things only a foreign culture can. And it’s beautiful.
More to come! Much love to all
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