Habitat Honduras: Our last day, R & R, & Coming Home

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Friday morning everyone was wide awake. It was our last day of building and we were all really excited to see the fruits of our labor at the end of the day. I was starving, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I didn’t even touch the cereal. I just ate my toast and sausage for protein. 

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We worked at the worksite through the building and then sat down for lunch; chicken, couscous, and veggies. After lunch Luis took us on a walk through another neighborhood near the worksite. It was a beautiful view. 

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On our walk we stopped by a Habitat house. The mother gave us all mangos. I ended up giving mine to the project manager Jorge when we got back.

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We were so ready for the cement to be poured!

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The final product!

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Everyone was just ready to collapse when we were done, but the sense of accomplishment was awesome. 

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We had a competitive group 🙂

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I was so proud to be a part of this group. I loved my teammates! 

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After we sat and relaxed for a little while, the family showed up, along with a small band, and we sat down to begin the ceremony. I had no idea that we did this, but I thought it was a really nice touch.

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The family gave a really nice speech and their young daughter said a really nice prayer. 

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And we had a nice 2nd lunch…

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Leaving the worksite was pretty bitter sweet. We had so much fun getting to know the workers so it was kind of tough to leave. 

After we left we stopped at a really beautiful cemetery overlooking Santa Rosa. 

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Everyone just split up and went their own ways to explore the cemetery. I was so beautiful. 

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After exploring the cemetery, we rushed back to the hotel, changed our cement-covered clothes and hurried off to 5 o’clock mass at the beautiful church that I got a shot of on our first day there. We almost skipped it because we didn’t have time to shower before hand, but four of us just cleaned up and went anyway. 

It was so interesting and even though I didn’t understand a lick of it, I loved the experience. It definitely wasn’t something I wanted to miss. 

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Right after church, we made a pitstop at the store and then headed straight back to the hotel for dinner. I spent the rest of the night curled up in bed with my book after packing up all of my stuff. 

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The next morning we had a quick breakfast and then packed our stuff into the van. On Saturday we left Santa Rosa and headed for Copan Ruines; our next city. We took a bathroom and coffee break about halfway there at a little roadside shop. It was nice to get some fresh air after being in the car for so long. 

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I loved seeing all the Macaws flying around the ruins as we followed our guide. 

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This place looked straight out of Jurassic park. I loved it. 

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How beautiful are those ruins? I was so excited to get to explore something historical while I was in Honduras. It’s so different from just reading about it in a high school textbook. 

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The pictures just don’t do the grounds justice. This place was spectacular and there’s something so exciting about knowing that these ancient ruins were actually touched and used by people thousands of years ago. I’ve always thought that was so cool, like somehow these areas still hold their energy. 

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After our tour of the ruins, we had lunch in the eating area at the picnic tables. It was so delicious. 

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If you’ve ever been to a beach, chances are you’ve been dive-bombed by seagulls as soon as you pull out the food. Well, apparently Macaws are to the rainforest what seagulls are to the beach. There were two macaws that slowly moved from branch to branch until they were directly over our picnic table. Then they just sat there watching us until they finally dove down at our table and then flew off. 

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After we left the ruins we headed straight to the hotel we’d be spending the rest of the day at until our flights home tomorrow. As soon as we walked through the lobby this was our view… It was like walking into paradise. Palm trees, sunshine, and a sparkling blue pool. 

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Our own private little area right off the garden outside of our room. 

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It took about two seconds for me to get my bathing suit on and a pina colada in my hand.

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After taking a dip in the pool a few of us sat in the bar area that overlooked the pool and had some appetizers. 

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A little while later, a couple of us headed down the street from the hotel to get our souvenir shopping done. I picked up a shot glass (I collect them), two wooden, handprinted book marks, a mini Honduran themed game of Dominos for my great-grandpa (he loves dominos!), and a beautiful wooden cross that is covered in hand-carved roses. I can’t wait to find a place to hang it. 

I really want to start collecting art from other countries to decorate my future house one day. 

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After we got back from our little shopping trip I sat out near the garden and worked on my book in peace and quiet until it was time for dinner. I wish I had a place to read like this at home! I’d spend all of my time writing, blogging, and reading out there. This would be the perfect spot to relax in the morning. 

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We walked through (the very touristy) town to a local restaurant.

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I ordered the lasagna rolls and only ate a little bit before passing it down to our “garbage disposal.” It wasn’t everything I had hoped it would be. 

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After dinner we headed back to the hotel and most of our group came to my room and sat outside to play Catchphrase. One last game night. 

The group got smaller and smaller then around 11 I kicked the last few people out and hopped into bed. I knew tomorrow would be a long travel day and I was definitely read to hit the hay. 

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In the morning we met for breakfast by the pool after dropping our stuff off to Max so he could load up the van. 

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To be honest, I was getting so nervous on the way to the airport. My flight was the first to leave and we arrived about a half hour before boarding. I still had to make it though security and check in. Thankfully I made it in plenty of time and even had time to hang out for a little and say goodbye to my group. It was really bittersweet. I was beyond ready to get back home to my family, and Shakeer, and the dogs, but I had a great week and met some amazing people. We’d spent every second together so goodbye was a little tough but I’m so grateful to have had the chance to spend the week together. 

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I landed in Michigan just in time to watch the sunset. 

It’s good to be home. 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Habitat Honduras: Our last day, R & R, & Coming Home

  1. I found your blog!! I love your recaps of our trip and I’m so glad you had such a great week. I loved having you on the team and I’m excited to read here about your next Habitat trip!! Miss ya!

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