March 17th 2004 - Day 7

We woke up today to the sweet smell of cocoa puffs on our breakfast table. After a short but delicious breakfast, we headed back to the children’s hospital for the third and final day of painting the hematology ward.

The final coats of paint were applied and touchups were done quickly. The interactors then set to the task of decorating the ward. Many of the girls painted flowers and vines as a boarder for the waiting room while Marlene worked tirelessly on a beautiful rose boarder to surround a picture of the Virgin Mary.

Meanwhile, many of the other interactors entertained the children by coloring pictures and playing balloon volleyball with the children. After everything was all said and done, we sadly said our goodbyes to parents, children, doctors and nurses, and headed out for a late lunch. Just after lunch, the entire group went on a Hawaiian shirt/short shopping spree. We headed home, quickly washed up and all sported our new shorts proudly.

Next on the agenda was a big feast/party at Carlos` house. Carlos` daughter, Natalie was an exchange student in Petawawa last year. Dinner consisted of an enchilada buffet that consisted of crushed beans, lettuce, chicken, guacamole, parmesan cheese and chili sauce on a corn tortilla.

Then we hit the dance floor. EVERYONE danced, including Memo who swept all the ladies away with his Latin grooves and vibrant hips. We were all pooped and we sat down for some R&R chillin out with our hosts Sadly, we were forced to leave, where we came back to find a Peace Corps worker named Christie staying in our hotel. We exchanged stories of how we’ve helped others in our time here.

Today’s entry is courtesy of The Kokonut Krew: Rob, Tom, Sandy, and Farid