With the warehouse work done, today was more relaxing. I did some preparation for a workshop at the children’s hospital tomorrow, we ate a good mid-day meal, and made a shopping expedition to Sodimac to buy some supplies needed for the upcoming clinics. Sodimac is like Home Depot in the U.S., only everything is in Spanish. Today we managed to buy goodies like spray glue, WD 40, 3 in 1 oil and duct tape – finding almost everything ourselves and asking for the rest in a mix of Spanish and English. A highlight of the afternoon was successfully purchasing paper for my computer printer in a small shop next to our hostal. This sounds like a small thing, but it is a big deal when you are struggling to communicate in a language not your own.
Late this afternoon a new team member came by to meet us – Luis Hurtado will be translating for me tomorrow at the workshop and for our entire team over the next three weeks. He will be a huge asset and it was fun to meet him.