Hi my name is Gracie Bartel; I am 17 and go to Providence High School. This is my first international mission trip. It has been quite the experience so far. I am really enjoying myself and already learned so much about the culture. It is cool to speak Spanish to people who are not my classmates. The views everywhere are gorgeous and the people are so nice. Today at the work site I washed rocks and shoveled dirt and helped setup lunch. There were many odd jobs to be done and I wanted to help with all. There are so many dogs everywhere and they are sweet , we named most of them after characters from the Emperor’s New Groove. At lunch we ate this super yummy soup and I spilled some on my pants and now everybody calls me “Barfpants.” Basically everything here is different from in the US.