This week has been a fairly quiet week in the kinder; we covered the letters D and F, and the number 11. To help with this we drew underwater pictures of the ocean, and stuck pictures of dolphins on it. We also practiced yarning, using the pattern of a flower- the kids loved this- the boys used them as a something to throw around, and the girls tied them to their wrists. Additionally we made various work sheets for the children, practicing their counting, colours, and shapes. On Friday the Duke group came into the kinder again to review what they covered the previous week- they also made tooth paste with baking soda and salt, and the children basically wet their tooth brushes and put it in the mixture! I'm not sure if any of the five year olds will repeat this, but it was a nice idea.
Other activities this week included the usual Mummy’s Day Care, which was funny as always- the little kids are so cute
! One of the girls came, and she had stood in a piece of glass- so her foot was completely cut open- it was two days old when we saw it- and you could see the skin trying to heal, it was really big, and deep, the poor girl is going to have such a horrible scar- basically it showed how important stiches are, and how lucky we are to have easy access to them! We also went swimming on Tuesday with the 'grandma’s kids’- basically a group of children, who I think are all cousins, they all live in the same area- the water was actually quite cold- so I didn’t go in the water! On Wednesday we played with group of children from the kinder, and took them to a field near their houses. On Thursday we were luckily enough to be invited back to Rosa’s house, this time we had rice- which was sort of fried in manteca (yard in a tube) and then boiled- we also made tortillas (from scratch), red frijoles mushed up, and beef pastillas- beef wrapped in a tortilla- again it was a very filling, and probably extremely fattening- the use so much manteca in their food here- I guess because it’s far cheaper than oil. It was a really tasty lunch again, I love experiencing the Honduran culture and Rosa is such a lovely person- even though I only understand half of what she says!
This week we have also had two birthdays in the beach house, so Friday after a relaxing afternoon on the beach, we went out for dinner to our usual restaurant on the beach, and then into Ceiba for a fun night
. On Saturday we had a really relaxing day, went for a walk right along the beach, which was absolutely beautiful- the sea was a lot clearer further up the coast compared to outside our house. That night we had a bonfire outside on the beach, which was beautiful. The moon was the lowest, and most orange I have ever seen it; at about nine o’clock the moon just disappeared! We also saw the biggest, lowest falling star I have seen, you could kind of see a piece of burning rock falling from the sky! Sitting on the beach we could also see lightening out at sea- I’m not sure if it was a storm at sea, or heat lightening. We also saw a few sketchy things happening on the beach- basically Honduras is on the main drug run path from Columbia- so we saw two groups of men walking right along the coast- they must have arrived by sea, or met someone at the coast- and then when they got right outside our house, they were picked up by a truck. Slightly scary, but I guess they have bigger concerns than a few gringos! Sunday was another relaxing day, spent on the beach, at night we cooked traditional Honduran food and ate altogether as a house. So we made tajadas, mashed up kidney beans, tortillas, and rice- it was amazing! But it was slightly scary seeing how much fat we put in the food- we actually had to rush out and buy some more Manteca- not going to lie, I could feel my arteries clogging up! This kind of explains why most Honduran women are overweight- and they also must spend a lot of time cooking, it took three of us over two hours to cook for seven- and most Honduran families have eight or more people! All in all this week has been a quiet, but fun week relaxing in El Porvenir.