We are actually back in Blacksburg from our sabbatical in Ecuador but I still have some pics and stories to share so will be playing catch-up the next few posts. It was pretty chaotic at the end so I am behind.
The kid's school was on the 'coastal' schedule so they ended the year in early March. This worked out perfect for us, despite being completely unplanned. It allowed the kids to finish the year with their friends and then gave us a few weeks to travel and pack up to leave.
For Camilo's last day of class the students put on a little show and then had a party. This was lots of fun and while Camilo didn't participate in most of the show (he didn't understand the directions), he did do a dance with his best friend Valentina.
This was as dressed up as we could get for the show and party. Not great but not bad.
Someone was bored waiting the show to start.
Camilo and his teacher. He called her 'profe' and liked her a lot. Notice how well dressed the other students were.
His best friend Valentina. He already misses her. One of his last things he did in Mindo was to go to the butterfly garden with her. Amalia also went with her friends. The garden lets Mindo residents go for free, very cool!
We funded these paintings on the wall of Camilo's class. The painter is the mother of one of the students and the hand prints are from all of the students. Something for them to remember us by.
One of his last days Camilo came home with pink paint in his hair… now we know how it got there.
The cake was the highlight of the party!
And here is the whole class… note that Camilo is on the far left and Valentina has her back to the camera.
On the walk home we found the local burro. This guy has no owners and just kind of wanders about town… the kids feed him guayabas!