When we got in Thursday evening, I noticed that the battery in my travel alarm clock had died, so I spent some time figuring out how to set the alarm on the iTouch. I was successful, and the alarm went off at 6:20 am. The water came on during the night, and, while I was in the ice cold shower, the contingent from the Interior arrived. We had breakfast (Johnny cake, slice of individually wrapped American cheese [or is that "cheeze?"] which had been out of the fridge for more than forty seconds, rendering it quite difficult to unwrap, and a salchicha). Just after breakfast Padre Eladio informed me that Padre Milciades was scheduled to lead Oración Matutina (Morning Prayer), but since he was still traveling he requested that I lead it, so I did.
The first workshop started after Matutina. It was very difficult to work in the hall as the acoustics were less than desirable and all the people talking at once resulted in a terrible cacophony. The group with whom I was working went outside, where things were better. Meanwhile, the management of Hotel Waddaya Want for $5.00? turned of the water in the bathrooms again. After the workshop we had lunch (fried rice which, though the food was brown in color, indicating that shoyu or soy sauce had been used, was totally devoid of umami, the fifth taste which is always activated by shoyu) and then free time. I was annoyed because I couldn't brush my teeth. After lunch the ECW performed their drama: "The Women of the Bible" with a cast of
Bishop Murray leading the first work shop
Sara ate my candy for me. Such sacrifice!
The Women of the Bible
Sarah, the Mother of Nations
Abraham's servant (who had been with him the longest) meets Rebekah
Salome with John the Baptist's head!
The Blessed Virgin Mary
All the Women of the Bible follow the BVM