We left the community after lunch. Soon we were on boats heading for Isla el Tigre, Tiger Island. One of the Brigades staff members showed us that there was a picture of Isla el Tigre on the back of the 2 Lempira bill. On the island, we found ourselves in the back of trucks, driving on roads that twisted up and down, past houses, through towns. The ride was pleasant, the breeze was soothing, the company couldn't have been better. We enjoyed our bonding time at the beach. We might have spent that time working on the trench, and that is something many of the brigaders brought up at our nightly reflection. It brings into question our role as brigaders. Another afternoon of difficult manual labor would have left us physically and mentally exhausted. Instead we took the time to relax and reenergize. In my opinion, this afternoon off was much needed and a productive use of our time. Happy, healthy brigaders makes for a sustainable program.
The day ended with our second and final noche romantica. This was a small party put on by the hotel where we were staying. Friday was probably the day that most resembled a steretypical college spring break trip, with an afternoon at the beach and a carefree evening spent enjoying each other's company.
- Holly Stein, Brigader