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Peru Day 4: Adventures in bamboo-building
I have to write quickly today because, honestly, I need a nap. Today, all of the volunteers are working hard at several different home construction sites. The first is the same house I visited earlier this week — the place where we were digging trenches and moving rocks. There, the workers have been pouring concrete. Next, they will start laying brick walls.
The other house — where I have been working — is a wood and bamboo structure. Our job is to raise the roof (yes, I did the dance) and add new walls to the interior to make the space more livable. As part of the job, our team spent much of the morning sawing long sticks of bamboo, climbing ladders and tethering a new house frame together with wire. Maybe it was because of the sun — today is probably the hottest day we've had in a beautiful weather week — but by the time we came back, most of us were exhausted.
This afternoon, I will return to the bamboo house to help the workers install the home's new corrugated steel roof. Then, after all the work is done, our team will return here for Mass and — this is exciting — a fiesta with the other missionary groups. I hear there will be a limbo contest. And you know I’ve been practicing my dance moves.
Check back tomorrow for more reports on the two houses and tonight's fiesta! For more pictures throughout the day, follow me on twitter at @kbahrACH.