Day four started at – you guessed it, 5:45. By now convincing ourselves to get out of bed this early every morning is becoming a little bit of a struggle, but we were able to see a beautiful sunrise right out our window – perks of waking up before the sun. Sophie, Taylor and I huddled around the window trying to capture the beauty of the sunrise, but the pictures don’t do it any justice.
This tree haunted me every morning – completely in the center of a good sunrise picture!
Breakfast today was back to our usual pancakes and fruit. We tried papaya today, and while it definitely wasn’t my favorite, it’s always fun to try new things. We also had freshly squeezed orange juice today, which was phenomenal. We chatted with Felix and Francela over breakfast and headed out for another day of pediatrics in Santa Clara.
Today I was assigned to help with vitals which meant I was helping get heights, weights, and temperatures of our little patients. Now I’m not a nursing major anymore, but working with those little kiddies made me reconsider – just for a second.
we all fell in love with this little cutie!
We had a quick rush of people in the morning and it slowed down throughout the afternoon. The building was freezing, so we went outside for lunch and to take a little break to give the doctors a chance to catch up. Francela made us pasta, a salad, and veggies, packed up with an avocado for us to split and of course tortillas. We weren’t really supposed to eat any fruits or vegetables without skin that we could peel, so the salad was a little risky, but Sophie and I risked it while Tay decided to play it safe. Hey if we haven’t gotten sick yet, I’m willing to risk it.
These cute little pups hung around us while we were eating but one of them was terrified and wouldn’t come anywhere near us. Everyone left their lunch scraps on a rock and eventually they mustered up the courage to eat it. The dog situation in Guatemala still breaks my heart and if I could I would take every single one of them home with me.
We probably were sitting outside for a total of an hour, maybe an hour and a half tops, but nobody thought to put on sunscreen – ok maybe some people did, but Tay, Sophie, and I were left out of the loop. We hadn’t needed sunscreen any of the days prior, so the thought of it didn’t cross our minds, and nobody had packed any. I quickly regretted that later in the afternoon when my face was the color of a tomato and hurt when the wind blew – oops.
After eating lunch an adorable little girl came over and did everyone’s hair. She went around in the circle asking everyone questions “tienes pulseras?” – she was so curious if anybody was wearing bracelets or rings, and also was so intrigued by everyone’s hair. She wasn’t happy to leave when her brother came to get her, but was sure to give everyone a hug before she left.
We packed up to leave around 2:30, all with sore, sunburnt faces, and were happy to hear we had seen a total of 125 children that day. We headed back to the office, did our daily inventory, and decided to take a walk downtown. We had plans to go to “las fuentes georginas” – hot springs, so we had to stop by the travel agency to pay for our trip. After taking care of that, we walked around and saw what kind of stores were down there. It was much more touristy there, although still relatively quiet, and there were a lot of cute shops and people set up at tables selling jewelry, bags, and little trinkets.
Karl had recommended that we all try a local smoothie shop called “Da Juice Girls.” I got a pineapple coconut smoothie made with orange juice and it was amazing. They used all fresh fruit and although they took forever for them to make, we all loved them.
After our smoothie date we hiked up the hill to the house to shower and relax for a while. A few hours later we had dinner with the family which was soup with eggs and noodles – very interesting, but good. We talked to Felix, Felix Jr., and Francela about our day and then headed upstairs to bed.