Honduras Day 5: Adios, Gracias, Y Gracias A Dios

April 5, 2014

Another amazing day in Honduras. Every day far exceeds my expectations. Our morning devotions have been incredibly meaningful and an integral part of this trip. It is clear that this group has grown close, and the respect and love between us is always apparent. I can only echo previous posts about how fortunate I feel to be a part of this group and to have met these wonderful people.

Today was our last day on site, and we worked harder than ever. We worked more with concrete: hauling, mixing, shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and dumping. The work this week has been exhausting, but we are all happy to be doing it. At the end of the workday, the family and local Habitat affiliate threw us a goodbye party. They brought us food, and they shared wonderful words about how meaningful our work is and how much they appreciate everything we've done. We even had a pinata!

During our free time this afternoon, a large group of us explored Gracias. We visited the Botanical Gardens; they were gorgeous. Some of us then walked up to a fort on the hill behind our hotel. The views were stunning. I can't put into words how beautiful this country is, and pictures hardly do it justice.

Tonight our guide's friend invited us to his house for dinner. We walked in off of the street to this monstrous, gorgeous villa. We ate multiple courses of delicious food on a beautiful patio by candlelight. I've been taken aback by the hospitality and generosity of the Honduran people.

Adios, Gracias, y Gracias a Dios. I look forward to continuing this adventure!

(This post was written by Allyson Harding, a construction AmeriCorps member at Habitat Metro Denver and formerly of NC State Habitat Campus Chapter.)