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Shepaug in Oaxaca 2013 - Blog #3!

Timothy Nurnberger

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 On a sleepy morning our day was brightened with a breakfast of french toast, sausage, cereal, and fruit salad because no one can be sad with a breakfast of french toast, sausage, cereal, and fruit salad. This fueled us for our continued work. The boys and señorita (aka the bro squad) worked toward completion of the hole for the foundation of another dorm building. This building will house more volunteers and children from the jungle who can receive a good education here in Oaxaca. The rest of the ladies mixed cement, organized donations, and laid brick. Kelsey and Kendall finished the bottom half of the wall separating the future bathroom and bedroom while Clara and Shae were perched upon scaffolding built by our wonderful maestros, continuing work on the upper half of the wall facing the street. After another delicious lunch consisting of hummus and chicken wraps, everyone resumed work on their separate projects. Great progress was made until a group trip to Tule. In this beautiful town, we each had the honor of gazing upon the gargantuan Tule tree. It was HUGE, but huge doesn’t come close to fully describing the enormity. It was massively gigantically, hysterically, supercalifragiclisticexpialidociously awesome. Once our minds were fully blown, we separated to tour the town and shop. Fun fun it was. However, we could not stay forever, so we returned to the Center of Operations to eat dinner. Our dinner was spaghetti with optional red sauce, accompanied by cooked veggies. Of course, with full bellies, everyone entered a slight comatose state and ventured into the land of glorious sleep.


Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

With eyelids heavy with sleep, the group was awakened by the smell of banana pancakes and sausage. Energized as much as we could be after eating, work was resumed. The bro squad once again continued their impressive work in The Hole. Everyone else mixed a ridiculous amount of cement and gravel (20 bags of cement and more than 100 buckets of gravel). With the help of our maestros we managed to fill one of the other holes creating the foundation. Lunchtime was a welcomed treat after hard work in the sun. Pasta salad and green salad was served. Mixing and digging continued until around 3pm when we drove to Monte Albán to see the incredible Zapotec ruins. Unfortunately, we only had half an hour to sightsee; however, we were filled with awe as we frolicked through the pyramids. Atop the mountain the view was amaaaaaazing. It was almost as if we could see all of Oaxaca with the beautiful surrounding mountains. The ride home was peaceful and full of friendship bracelet making. Upon our return we ate a dinner of “tostados” (toasted tortillas with assorted toppings) and washed the puppies. After a few minutes of exploding hilarity we feel asleep soundly.

Shae, Clara and Kelsey

Monte Albán

Monte Albán