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Friday (day 3) was an amazing day on the road. I tried to meet up with Shannon who will be my room mate in Florida. She recommended a diner just down the road from where I stayed. It was in one of those very old buildings with crooked floors and a tiny ladies washroom.
In hindsight, I am not sure if I went to the right diner or not, but the food was delicious in the one I stopped at. I took the first exit 19 that I came upon which ...
... flying. Kites are even used for fighting! Legend has it that Thailand won a battle by sending children up on very large kites to spy on the enemy. We all made a kite, ran around the room with them and even had a kite fight happen. (All in jest of course.) Then on to lunch. We prepared the lunch ourselves, all traditional Thai foods: vegetable stirfry, spring rolls, coconut sticky rice and a fruit ...
... and the camaraderie was wonderful. Both Road Scholar groups shared their experiences of the day as well as the meal.
The day was finished off with a discussion and game about the factors that contribute to hunger. Stewart had us play some of the games the children had played earlier, but on a grander scale. This was to teach us about world populations and private consumption. We were given seven jars of food and had to identify each one. None of us did very well ...
... a food native to the particular part of the country they were visiting. David helped to build a cage for the chickens at the Guatemala house. We all put in some time helping to ready the village for the first group of students to visit from a Washington County school. The staff at Shepherd's Spring were very excited about hosting a school from their own county for the first time!
Our day ...
... We watched them milk the cows, feed them and got to meet the new calves. The youngest calf was only hours old. Then...they bought us ice cream! Yummy.
We then drove into Washington, D.C. We made good time and were able to stop at a couple of memorials. As I had never been to these two particular ones, it was exciting to be there. The Martin Luther King Memorial is spectacular. While there, one of our group was ...