To whom it may concern,
Sorry about having no internet in Mexico. I will send the rest of the four days journal all to you at once. Thanks.
Tuesday, we took a day off to the beach and ocean. We set off to a harbor nearby in the morning, and arrived there by around noon in four vans. After we finished changing our costumes, we went aboard. The vessel has two floors. Some of us went up to the second floors to enjoy a better view of the ocean. The last time I came here I suffered from severe motion sickness, so this time I went on top because it can in some degree relieve my nauseous feeling. Luckily, this time the waves weren’t as turbulent, so I successfully arrived at our island of destination. Since the water around the beach was shallow, some of us jumped into the water and swam, while some others hopped onto a lifeboat and reached there.
As time approached 1 p.m., we quickly finished our lunch, comprised of seafood and local tradition, shrimp and tacos. Then, we played in the water with games like Marco Polo or with toys we brought. After playing of roughly an hour, we gathered to take a group picture. We took the ship back to the harbor, and then we returned to our hotel at night.
Since we returned from the trip relatively late yesterday, we received an extra half an hour rest in the morning. We continued with our construction work, and came back to the restaurant ready to enjoy some great food.
In the afternoon, we went around the town to shop for some pretty candies and dessert. This was a tiny little candy shop, so we were all packed and it literally took minutes to move a step. In the end we bought some candies for both the kid that we are about to meet and for ourselves.
Coming back from shopping we finished our meal and went to one of the most incredible scenes that we could ever observe. Before the trip we were told that there was certain plankton in the water that illuminates itself once encountering disturbance, known as bioluminescence. We were going to witness such miracle. The night was the clearest night I had ever seen. You were able to point out every vein of the constellation and tell where every strand of mysterious star heads to. Arriving at a lake that was half an hour away from our hotel by van, we boarded different boats and sailed to a designated place in the lake. As the steersman slowly turned off the engine, we could not wait to plug our hands into the water and twist. It was unbelievable how creatures and lights were splashing out while disappearing in seconds. We played with the life nature created. We made sweet little wishes, and even drew the names of loved ones in the water in order to wish them good luck and fortune. Somebody even joked that we could stay here all the way till the next morning. But sadly, time is always call you home like your mother does. We returned to the port and wrapped this trip up.
Today is the last day of construction. We were pumped up and excited, but meanwhile a little sad because the countdown have started. Right before we all went up to work, we drove farther to see the worksite of the other teams. We all worked really hard and a rough contour of the house had been formed. Then, we jumped right into work and initiated our daily hardship and challenge. After hours of sweating and puffing of mortar and cement, we finished our work and left the worksite with our proud artwork, constructed by persistence and perseverance.
After devouring some food, we took a break in the afternoon. Some of us went on a shopping trip in late afternoon and bought some interesting merchandiseJ To me, this was one of few afternoons that we have no activity so I got to walk to the top house for a little sightseeing and sunset as well. I was there right on time. The sun was a few inches to me above the horizon. It incredibly moves in a speed that could be told from our naked eyes. However, I dare not to stare at the mysterious center of the living soul and universe. So I switched my eyeballs to some other objects. Suddenly, I heard people next to me talking about divers. I wondered what they are, and looked up. I saw some people coming down from the sky with parachutes! It was such a queer feeling and it was the first time seeing human landing from the sky like out plant creatures! I felt really happy and took several pictures for them and me as wellJ
During dinner, we have some special guests. The mayor of the district came without invitation, since he heard about our loving activity and the things we have done to make people live a better life in a more comfortable environment. Then comes our 06’ Culver Grad, who worked in the government of Oaxaca State. We had some conversation and felt pretty cool!
Today was the last official day of Mexico trip. Time flies and it doesn’t make a call in the middle. I did not feel it when I was appreciating the soul of the sun yesterday night. Naming our friend “Time” Bolt was not difficult at all. He was both a marathon runner and a sprinter when people feel happy. So let’s talk about some more interesting and substantial experience before time crosses the finish line and look back on us and smirk.
It was such a touching and emotional day in general. After breakfast we hopped on the vans and got to the school playground in lightning speed. We met a crowd of kids of 3-4 year old. It was quite impressive how they were level in their heights, and as their teacher called, they responded uniformly. First of all, we went front and each found a kid. We had some conversation and quickly knew whom were we collaborating with. Then, we played several interesting games with them. Then, we initiated the most important part of the Love Without Borders project. Our project director, Dylan, called out names of both Culver students and local kids. The one called will present their gift and candies as well as backpack of utensils and utilities to them. It was really fun! Each of us also took photo with the children. It was lovely to see those kids’ natural, inornate actions. We were so touched. We also participated in the kids’ “fighting piñata”, when the kids walk up front and hit the piñata with a stick. As the piñata collapses, the children crowded around the candies and grabbed as much candies as possible. After that, we drove to some houses that we have built in previous years. It was definitely great memories, especially when you see one of those that you helped build last year. It was deep bond be between you and the house! We met and greeted each other friendly, took some photos, and took off soon.
In the afternoon, we took a break before we went to the culmination part of the trip. We drove all the way to Mr. Giraldi’s house, and took a break there. We met all our families, and each team went up to receive their award, a piece of paper honoring your accomplishment of this trip and helped build one of the five houses in this trip. We took some photos together and departed at six. We gathered for a quick reflection and contemplation before dinner in order to go over what we have done and learned through this trip. After that, we finished our meal and got to bed early because we are leaving tomorrow quite early. What a wonderful Mexico mission trip! I am pretty sure I will be coming back next year.
Thank you for reading the email. Have a good rest of the break.