P.S.A. Remember to pick us up Saturday night at SFO Flight 382 COPA Arrival around midnight! See you at the international gate c:

Bonjour dear family and friends!!!

Greetings from Uriel and Cindy! Today was our first official Community Action Project (CAP) Delivery day. The highlights of the day included finalizing our project plan, cleaning up the project site at La Culata, and going shopping for all the necessary materials.

To start the day off, we all woke up bright and early at 7AM and settled down for a breakfast of mangú (an iconic Dominican food composed of mashed plantains, onions, and spices, sausage, eggs, and papaya juice. Due to unforeseen circumstances, our CAP project decision had to be redirected, and subsequently, our schedule shifted. Our official CAP project is going to be refurbishing La Culata’s basketball half-court by leveling, painting, and installing volleyball nets. We hope it will leave an impact on this sports-loving community. After breakfast, we bussed to La Culata and took our first look at the project site. We worked for an hour or so by sweeping up and picking up the trash around the court. Sadly, we forgot to bring work gloves, so the prickly weeds kind of hurt :c. Nevertheless, we did a solid job cleaning up the area! Afterwards, we came back to our hotel and enjoyed a lunch of lasagna, salad, and bread. Then, 4-5 of us went out with Felix to the local hardware center with our wonderful contractor. We bought the necessary materials and helped out by picking out the cheapest options for the (always useful!) paint rollers, AND got an extra discount!! Coming back, we held a short workshop to work on our letters of appreciation. Then, after our routine English Tutoring, we enjoyed empanadas bought from an immigrant Venezuelan family with the most amazing (!!!) dipping sauce! For dinner, we closed out with ham and cheese sandwiches and soda. We’re all super excited and pumped to work on our CAP projects for the next couple of days! We also can’t wait to see all of you in less than three days (but we will deeply miss the Dominican Republic as well ;-;)

P.S. Remember to pick us up Saturday night at SFO Flight 382 COPA Arrival around midnight! See you at the international gate c:

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