Hello there, I’m home!!
I got back Sunday evening, but I’ve been too tired, busy and lazy to write this for the past few days. Also, my home internet went out last night, so I’m at the library right now! Anyways…..
My second week in Ecuador was not nearly as amazing as the first, but it was still pretty darned awesome. We went to a small community outside of Misahualli (where my hostel was) called Galapagos. There, I spent 5 days digging 6x6x6 foot holes, being eaten by sand flies, and hanging out with the kids. I felt a little like I should have been you, with all the digging! Have you ever jumped into a 6 foot deep hole, then looked up. It’s a little terrifying. The short time that I got to spend at the school with the kids was amazing! I spent ages just picking up kids and spinning then around, and then dancing with them during their recess! Then, we went inside and I helped some 3 and 4 year olds with some colouring. We also sang songs to them, and they showed us a dance they were working on.
At the end of the week, we left our village and traveled to Banos, a city situated in a valley between mountains in the Andes. To one side, there’s an active volcano! I LOVE this city! I’m pretty sure that I would move there if I had the chance. There is pretty graffiti everywhere, it’s bright, there’s a small waterfall running down one side of a mountain, and the mountains are so green! Google Earth this place, it’s so great! The first day we were there, Alanna and I went for a walk around town, then the whole group of us took a bus up the mountain to get a better look at the volcano. The second day, my last day in Ecuador, was rainy. But, I get to check something off my list; Go Horseback riding! It was so great! We took the horses part of the way up a mountain! Then, we stopped and we drank some volcanic water from a spring in the ground. It was naturally carbonated, and tastes just like, if not better than, the stuff you buy in stores. Then we went back down the mountain. Now, I’m not all up in the technical horse talk, but I’m pretty sure I even got galloping at one point. It was incredible, even if it did rain the whole time and I was wearing wet jeans for the rest of the day.
This is getting long, but I’ll tell you quick about what I did yesterday. My dad and I went up to Guelph to put some stuff in m new house! We’ll be going back on Saturday with a trailer to bring more up, and we’ll put the desk and bed together. My room is purple, not all that big, and the floor is slanted, but I love it! I’m so excited for next year already!! Then, we stopped by the AGO in Toronto to see the Picasso Art Exhibit they were having. It was pretty neat. I got you a postcard, I’ll send it soon! Speaking of mail, I got your letter yesterday. I loved it!
Anyways, I’ll post some pictures over the next little bit, and I hope that you’re having a fantastic time out in Jordan. Love you!!! xxoxoxoxoxxoxox