We started our day at 9:30 with a presentation from Alex and Zhenya about the Ukraine, where they are from. We learned a lot about a different country that most of us had no idea about! After the presentation, we went right back to work! Some of us did some more staining, sorted scrap metal, cleaned out the horse corral, chopped some more wood, and assembled carts. We were then able to figure out how to copy VCR tapes to DVD, in order to save important speeches from elders who has since passed away. This was inside work, but I (Melanie), learned a lot from listening to the lectures as they copied. So many incredible stories!
After a very delicious lunch, we finished up some work. We then teamed up with students from the University of Miami, and was lead on a hike by Nick, who lives in the community. He led us around to see more of the 400 acre property, which included a river and even a corn and hay field! He then led some of us brave souls to take a hike into the woods to see the spring the community uses for water. This involved a lot of mud and having to figure out how to cross a river! Some of us pulled our shoes off and waded right through, while some of us did some gymnastic-like moves to climb over logs. The water was absolutely FREEZING!! The one thing we learned on this hike to the springs was make sure to take electronics out of your pocket before climbing over water! (Cough, Nicole, Cough) Another reassurance of how cold the water was, when she had to jump in to save all the amazing pictures from her camera!
We rushed right back to warm up with showers, and then a yummy bonding dinner with the Miami students! We then had some nice yummy cookies for dessert!
We now are on our way to our SECOND fire, with some more yummy smores. And for some of us, yummy banana boats! We have our fingers crossed that Tom Porter, an elder in the community, comes back soon! We'll have tons of stories for you then!
Melanie and Tam