Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
"Over the past 11 months, certain events have become especially memorable for me. While some have been surprisingly horrific at the time of their occurrences, they now, with the more traditionally happy events, land themselves on my list of “things that I will most truly and dearly miss about Ecuador.” Since this is my last guest blog, I only find it appropriate to share that list with you. Enjoy!
1. Eating dessert once a week…directly from the pan
2. Waking up with my body covered in bug bites
3. Teaching children’s art to precious 8 year olds (and the occasional 2 year old) who haven’t quite learned how to follow directions.
4. Building casitas for gas tanks
5. Coming together for dinner and discussing the day’s embarrassing moments
6. Playing catch phrase for 4 hours
7. Opening the Preventative Health Center
8. Not communicating with a person who has stepped in poop for 24 hours
9. Climbing the Andes Mountains
10. Joseph Oña
11. Sitting next to a woman as she breast feeds her child who will occasionally take breaks to converse with his mother
12. Finding a silver fish in my underwear
13. Learning how to “nutritionize” myself through Aliméntate Ecuador’s weekly charla in our Centro
14. Making 120 animal balloons for the children in our community
15. Having one of my socks clog the washer drain
16. “el gas, el gas”…”el gas el gas”…”el gas el gas”
17. Losing the internet every other minute, my screaming computer, and cuddling with a board
18. Watching Wendy learn how to read
19. The world’s most beautiful sunsets
20. Pan de Yuca, Sanduche el Rey, homemade popcorn for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
21. Boiling eggs for so long that all the water evaporates
22. Monday Morning Meetings
23. Advertising with a perefeneo
24. Observing an appendix being removed...fainting in the Sangolquí Hospital
25. Kuka’s psuedopregnancy
26. Shawn, Sarah, Jackie, Mike, Krysta, Chet, Haley, Erik, and Bibi
Here are some pictures of the masterpieces that the kids have created in Sonia and Chet's Art Class... and, yes, I know some of them are upside-down... I tried uploading them about 10 times and I couldn't fix it...
Frida Kahlo self-portraits
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Kendra and her prized turnip!
Karla poses atop the Panecillo
Isabel (left) broadcasting at Super K with Mike and Karla
Kendra, Mae, and I etch our names into a plant in the Plaza (a trick that Isabel taught us)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Topics can include anything from:
- "what is your favorite color?" (a question she posed to all of the summer volunteers last weekend in Quilotoa)
- what she would do if any form of feces touched her
- what it's like to be a vegetarian in Ecuador
- how many episodes of Lost she's watched in the past week
- her inspirations for Art Class
- participating in the Alimentate nutrition classes
- all of the awesome things she's going to do in med school in DC next year
thanks and happy summer!
Friday, June 18, 2010
1. The mural started by our Tulane spring break group was finally finished; volunteers and PDs whipped out their paint brushes to fill in each and every bubble.
Jenni and Claire work on painting a beautiful outdoor scene
Jen, Ja, Claire, and Stef pose in front of the completed chalkboard
Kenny, Kerly, and Isias test out the fresh new board
Mae plays bingo with Selena and Issac
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I was very fortunate to have three awesome volunteers helping me out with agriculture, a program that I was flying solo on for most of the year. Jenni, Trevor, and Jen spent two hours every Friday at Fundacion Añamisi, helping in the organic garden; tasks included everything from uprooting weeds, mixing and preparing soil, and harvesting carrots to be sold and delivered to families in Quito.
As you can see from the picture below, our charla had rather poor attendance; only one man from San Francisco showed up despite valiant advertising efforts. Unfortunately, that's kind of how it goes for agriculture charlas; we were thrilled to connect this man and his family to Fundacion Añamisi and hope that a relationship develops. In the future, we plan to focus our energy on supporting organizations, rather than giving intermittent charlas to individuals. For example, Añamisi has opened their garden up on Fridays to volunteers; this is a win-win situation as they receive much needed help for their land and those who come can learn best practices for their own projects.
Friday, June 11, 2010
We'll be conducting his interview this TUESDAY, so please submit any and all questions by Tuesday morning. Topics can range from his deep love of sausage gravy, why he likes watching Gladiator on mute, or what his rugby uniform smells like on Sunday afternoon. Or you know, work-related questions....
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
"Good afternoon, Ecuador blog enthusiasts. As mentioned in previous posts, the house has been pretty crowded for the past few weeks, and will remain that way for five more weeks, upon which the new set of 2010-2011 Program Directors arrive to this beautiful country. In other words, there will be no more alone time for the current PDs. Not to worry, the new bunch is amazing, and took their first excursion this past weekend to Baños, a touristy city located just under the shadow of a very active Volcán Tungarahua. Many PDs joined the group on their trip, and had a blast hanging out with the newbies. (An interesting side-note: my mom informed me that she actually met one of her best friends in Baños, sitting in the main plaza, in the 1970’s when she was traveling around South America. It was a small enough town back then that two Gringas could actually stand out in a crowd of Ecuadorians and bond over their foreignness).
Baños is jam-packed with activities, and a two-day trip was barely enough to sate our adventurous appetites. We participated in canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls, basically), bike riding, go-carting, four-wheeling, mineral baths, massages, party-busing, discoteca dancing, sun-burning, sleeping in, and bonding. It was a legendary (for lack of a better word and yet another “How I Met Your Mother” reference) weekend, and here are some pictures to keep you entertained and amused.
Shawn all geared up for canyoning
On a personal note, this IS the guest blog of one Shawn Fagan, and therefore I would like to take the time to address those readers who have been following my blog posts and are deeply concerned with the progress of the recreation of my Brooklyn movie collection in bootleg Ecuadorian DVDs. It has not been an easy task. Most video stores here compete to be the first with the most brand-spanking-new movies possible, and therefore having a classic collection is less than a priority. Mike and I have so relentlessly bothered our favorite DVD lady that today I finally encountered and purchased the first season of “Mad Men," a series virtually unknown in this country. Kevin Smith will have to wait for his time.
Love, as well as a love for cevichochos,