Day 8 – A surprise outing!

August 22, 2013

Today was just one of our regular working days, to start.  Everyone who had been feeling sick said they were feeling better and we started the morning with our whole group working!  We were spreading dirt and hauling gravel, and a few boys were helping the three Bolivian workers make the concrete slabs for the “concha”.  At around 9, we were surprised with the fact that we would only be working until lunch today!  Half the group went back to the Scout’s hall to shower and eat, and the other half of the group went back a half hour later, and by around 1-1:30 we were ready to go.

 Our afternoon consisted of us getting to the top of the hill that holds “El Cristo”, or what our group calls “Big Jesus”, due to the fact that it is the biggest Jesus statue in the world!  About 10 of us decided to climb the steps up to the top, and the rest took a gondola up.  The ones who walked were all really happy they did since you could see your progress and the view was amazing, but the ones who took the gondola enjoyed the ride as well.  The view from the top was beautiful and Jesus really was BIG!  Unfortunately we could not go into the statue due to it being locked, but it was still really worthwhile to go up.  After we had all taken as many pictures as possible, everyone went back down either walking or taking the gondola. 

We then took cabs to a pretty little square and from the square we decided to walk and see the types of shops along the way. We even stopped for some ice cream. When we were done our treat we headed back to the Scout’s hall at 6:00.  After dinner, a group of athletes from the Special Olympics Cochabamba team came to play a variety of games with us.  There was tennis, bocci, soccer, and basketball, and we were all terrible at every game compared to them.   We were presented with certificates, and thanked for spending our evening with them.  Once they left around 8:30, many from our group were exhausted and decided to go to bed after our very eventful day.

 – Svetlana

Some of the group with some friends

Some of the group with some friends


Lorraine and a new friend on the gondola at El Christo

Lorraine and a new friend on the gondola at El Christo


El Christo

El Christo


The group in front of El Christo

What a great looking group


Winners of the Bocci tournnament

Winners of the Bocci tournnament


Time for some gymnastics at El Christo

Time for some gymnastics at El Christo


Wren, Sophie and Emma

Wren, Sophie and Emma


The warning posted at the bottom and top of gondola ride to El Christo

The warning posted at the bottom and top of gondola ride to El Christo


Happy girls taking the gondola instead of the stairs

Happy girls taking the gondola instead of the stairs


Time for ice cream

Time for ice cream

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