The road to Copan 

There are beautiful trees with pink flowers …macuelizo “pink pui” in English. 

Another interesting fact is Soli stands for Free Zone and most of the factory workers work for Soli.

The road is barely two lanes with lots of potholes and traffic with many vendors selling their wares on the side of the road.  

Jose is our guide. He’s new and has been with Hábitat Honduras since May. Francisco is our driver. We got to talk to Gustavo. Hopefully we’ll see him while we are here. 
 Tonight we had a great dinner and now we’re sitting outside. The weather is beautiful.  

Tomorrow we’re working at the job site!!

Pura Vida – Costa Rican Saying

This is the country’s most unique and popular phrase and one of the most important phrases which is used as a positive response in all type of situations.  One thing to know about the Ticos, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, is their free spirit and love for life.  you will often hear people greet or salute friends with the phrase “Pura Vida”  which translates to Pure Life or “Pura Vida Mae.” which translates to “Pure Life dude”  (usually said among friends or good acquaintances)

Austen’s Thoughts

Going to Costa Rica for my first Global Village mission exceeded my expectations. I felt an abundance of love from the Costa Rican team. The work we did made a huge dent in the load for the construction crew. We were able to see the family’s reaction to the first part of the walls going up on their new home. It’s moments like this that remind me how wonderful Habitat’s work is across the globe.


Final Day

Today we beat the Costa Rican record and finished all Interior and exterior walls in 11 1/2 hours. The homeowner was so surprised when she returned from work!  Thanks heavens for our two Nathan’s aka los dos Rambos. Jasmin, the homeowner daughter, stayed with us all day and helped with the build.

We learned how to make Empanadas. And we had a piñata for all the kids in the neighborhood.

There was a grapefruit tree next to the lot and “Woody” picked some fresh grapefruit for us! It was delicious.

Lunch was delicious and we had fresh fruit for a morning snack.  There are regular bananas and square bananas.

We also saw several large iguanas and a plant that closes when you touch it.

On the way back we stopped and got a Churchills.  It’s a specialty here. It has snow cone ice, powdered milk, condensed milk and creme. Very sweet. We also had some fresh coconut.

Another first, no one has gotten sick….just very sore

We said goodbye to the Costa Rican team and they presented our certificates of thanks. @habitattithe. @ncchabitat. @habitatcostarica @chasmassey @graysonhabitat. @abilenehabitat. @amahabitat. @habitattexas


all about our travels in Habitat

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