Friday, April 29th

"I want to make memories all over the world" - my quote for the day

We woke to another beautiful sunrise this morning. 

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As we headed to breakfast the captain made an announcement that we had to be off the ship by 7:30 since the Carnival Splendor was pulling up beside us.   We are not allowed to use the gangway while they are docking.   Almost everyone was off but we ended up having to wait until 8:20 to leave since some people didn't make it off and had to wait until 8:00 to disembark. Anyway we were finally on our way to our last Impact Activity - Recycled Paper. The bus ride was only about 15 minutes.   Yay!!

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Once we reached the village,  we had a short walk to the facility.   Very colorful.  

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These young boys were happy to pose for us. 

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The women welcomed us with cheers and clapping and then introduced themselves. 13 women work here.  

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Our first station was shredding the paper while separating the white spaces with the spaces with typing.  Tedious work.

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2nd was mixing the paper in the blender and making the sheets.  

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 Altagracia

Altagracia

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The final part was rolling the paper to smooth it out while singing and dancing. 😄 Yolanda was the liveliest there and so appreciative of the project.   

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After a short break we switched to the crafts side. We worked on braiding plantain skins and tying pieces of wood together for a mat to put hot dishes on.  

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Then there was a jewelry station where we strung cocoa beans ...

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Candle making ...

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And making coasters. 

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We had a little time to buy a few items and then it was time to say goodbye. 

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Once back on board,  it was time to depart Amber Cove and start home.   We left port around 1:15 and relaxed on the balcony all afternoon. Another dinner and bed.  

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