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Rafting and project (Day 1)

On Sunday 8th we went white water rafting on the Urubamba river. We left the orphanage at half 8 and drove to the river which took a long time. We met our guides, who were experienced on the river and started paddling at 10. We were on the river for about 3 hours and when we got off we had a BBQ lunch, which was cooked by one of the rafting people. It was an amazing day, for most of us, and we all got wet and had a good time. When we got back later that evening our bus broke the wooden bridge and we all had to help to lift the bus out of the ditch and back onto the road. This proved more difficult than it first appeared as the bottom of the bus was stuck on the banks so we had to lift out a bus for 26 people.

The next day, Monday 9th, we started the project properly. We had an early delivery of concrete, to cover a 7×3 meter room. We spent most of the day mixing concrete  and despite it being hard work most of the team felt glad that they wer finally helping the orphanage. Once we had cleared away all our tools and washed up a bush caught fire because of the hot temperature and the dry grass. We had to put it out with dirt so the embers didnt land on the tents and set them alight. The 9th was also Joe Bampton’s birthday so we had a party for his birthday in the evening. It was a good day and we all felt better for relaxing at the end of a hard days work.

Doug Bennett

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