The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) did NOT get signed today because members of the municipality took issue to how we referenced the name of the town. We planned to get ice cream, Sheel's treat, after the meeting that was supposed to end in the signing of the almost 40 page document (with appendices) that has been through countless revisions, discussed several times by concerned community members and has been just a tender pain in the hyde to deal with. Today, we made the monumentus accomplishment of finally getting the municipality and the community to agree to the terms of payment and responsibilities of each party. The fruits of two years of hard work from our entire team have almost ripened! But we are still jittery with anticipation for tomorrow afternoon's MOU signing. We took a couple of funny pictures with the new mayor and 'Jackie Chan' and still got ice cream.
In other news, we are having a ton of fun of working on the post implementation report and listening to Justin Bieber on repeat in the internet cafe. Heading to San Pedro tomorrow afternoon, Herbert is hoping for a feast tomorrow and I can't wait for Sheel to buy ice cream for all of us.
Cheers to a great trip, almost over,
More pictures and some reflections up soon. Thanks to all for your interest and support.