Hola de Iquitos! We have now been working on our project for a little over two weeks under the direction of two local contractors, and are making great progress. The majority of our work consists of mixing cement for the contractors to use on the walls, digging holes for support beams, making support beams, and moving water and cement to the contractors. The work is hard and tiring, but incredibly rewarding. We have three weeks left and by the end of our time here we should have the floor and walls complete, assuming we are able to get door and window frames. We work each day from 8am-1pm and have the afternoons off. During our offtime we read, write, tan on top of the 50ft bird tower, hike, visit the local villages, or swim. On Sundays we go to the local community of Santo Thomas to watch the soccer games. Everything about the jungle is beautiful…..except the bugs. While some of them are interesting and cool to look at, most of the team looks as if they came down with chicken pox. We have seen beautiful butterflies, milipedes, flat worms, and many spiders. One of the first days we were at Madre Selva a tarantula wondered into our dining hall (joy). Other than the bugs we have seen monkeys, snakes, frogs, lizards, and many types of birds. We are on a short break in Iquitos until tomorrow morning when we will head back up the river to Madre Selva for the remaining three weeks of our project. Until next time, adios!
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