Tuesday 21st June
This was a day of new experiences, as (much to the amusement of my team) I reacquainted myself with bike riding, we all broke down plaster walls in a new house, and then experienced our first thunderstorm in Ishinomaki. This took place in the afternoon and we acted swiftly, clearing our tools away and taking shelter in a nearby building. It began with ominous thunder rumbling and then developed into a dramatic storm, as forked lighting split the sky and rain sluiced down. Whilst we were inside, I had time to ponder the work we had completed and how much more there was to do. It was hard not to feel too overwhelmed, but at the same time I was motivated by the incredible spirit of the survivors we met, the dedication of the Peaceboat staff and the positive energy of the volunteers.