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Shepaug in Oaxaca 2013 - Blog #2

Timothy Nurnberger

July 1st 2013, 9:31 pm Today was an excellent day. With a supreme breakfast of pancakes (in letter form) and bacon to kick off the morning, we got right to work. After yesterday’s impressive work of mixing eleven batches of cement, our pain did not prevent us from another day of hard labor. Between digging 1.33 meter holes, laying bricks, sifting sand, playing with puppies, and organizing donation materials for our friends at the dump, a great deal of progress was made.

After the first shift of work, we all got to experience the world-famous dump sandwiches made by Edith (one of our many friends from the dump). Now, of course “dump sandwiches” might not sound appealing at first, but we can assure you that they are quite deliciosos. After lunch, the work went on until about 4 pm when we all hopped in the van and ventured to the Oaxaca City dump. For those of you who have never experienced the lifestyle of people who live off of a dump, it is a humbling thing to see. The city’s dump has about 150 residents whose only income is from collecting recyclable material. This collection only yields about one dollar a day. Even though this certainly is not an easy way to live, these friends of ours can see the light in anything. The visit gave us a new perspective in that someone who doesn’t have what a privileged child in Connecticut might; they can say that they work in a beautiful area, with beautiful views, and caring families. That is something they are more than grateful for. Our problems are now put into a completely new perspective. Appreciate what you have because others in our world might not be as fortunate. It is also important that one is always empathetic towards different cultures and lifestyles.

After the impactful time at the dump, our volunteers returned to the Center of Operations to prep for an excursion into the neighboring lands. This hike let us relax as we experienced the surrounding beauty that this area of Mexico provides. We came back to another excellent meal of stir fried rice, vegetables, and fruit.

Slumber awaits as we prepare to rest up for another day of fun activities!

- Señor Nolan, Shae, Nate