Que lo que amigos y familia,

We started our morning bright and early at 6:00 A.M. to the beautiful sounds of birds, followed by the military drills at their fortand Gwen Stefani’s classic “Hollaback Girl”. Our host Dilenia served us a hot meal of oatmeal with bananas and raisins (throughout the day Dilenia truly outdid herself with our meals). We were off to the fields where we would spend hours twisting and turning tomato vines and getting to know the locals who spend their days growing the food that ends up on our tables. Through this experience, we grew to truly admire and repsect the process of the farming and the individuals who put their blood, sweat and tears into producing our energy source. Afterwards, we ended up giving Big Love to the locals for spending their valuable time with us, and we went back to our hostel to change for lunch and our next activity. Today for lunch, we ate meatballs, moro and salad. After lunch, we changed into a business casual attire and headed to Natural Fields, a vegetable exporting company based in Constanza. There, we got to see a factory of people packaging and cleaning our food, cucumbers in this case. We learned how the men in the factory were paid more than the women who did the cleaning and packaging of each cucumber. Usually, these female workers are paid anywhere around $6-7 per day, while the men are paid anywhere between $9+ per day (IN THE YEAR 2018). After this amazing trip, we came back to the hostel and had some free time to ourselves before we ate dinner at about 7:30; we enjoyed an exquisite pasta, salad, and bread. We followed with the nightly seminar where we discussed the events of the day, and what we learned from our experiences. The Leader of the Day was passed on to the next person. Today was a great day to discuss how food can be utilized in different situations, while also covering how the food processing business is merely a cycle among the farmers and factory workers.

Hasta mañana amigos y familia!