Location: Little Bay, Montserrat

Today started with a usual wake up at 7:00; we arrived in Montserrat yesterday and had no clue what we were going to do today on the island. After breakfast, we got ready to go to shore for what we thought was a hike, but little did we know that today was going to be very special. We got in a taxi and started driving, and after about 15 minutes, we arrived at a coffee shop called the Hilltop Coffee Shop. When we entered, we noticed the walls were covered with a history of the island and the now semi-active volcano. After having coffee and learning about the island, we set off again to the southwest side. Honestly, the other side of the island looked pretty standard until we moved in closer to a vast town called Plymouth, where every single building was completely covered in volcanic ash. Some things were left in place, while others had been severely changed. Towards the end of our trip, we climbed a massive mountain, and the view was shocking; you could see everything on the island from the one side with people inhabiting the town and the other side that was empty and taken over by the volcano. When we got back to the boat, we all took a swim and then had dinner, after which we’ll conclude the day with a leadership class.