"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
Sonia, thanks for your blogpost. Greg and I wish you well in your coming year at Georgetown. Thank you for sharing so much of your year with all of us in blog-land!
Wow those artworks are great. Looks like you taught well Profe Sonia.
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