Buenos dias amigos!(As you can see, I´m picking up on the language here very well.)
So today is my second day at the project where I am working.I am in the town of Otavalo today to work with a school that is located here, and on other days I work at the school in Azama, which is for indigenous children who can´t afford to go to other schools.It is crazy, and you all know how I feel about kids, so it´s been difficult.Still, I really like a lot of the kids, especially the ones that aren`t just trying to get me to give them answers but actually working to learn.So my typical weekday here: I get up around 7:30, eat some breakfast and drink tea, then head off to one of the schools from 8 to 1 (in Azama) or 10 to 2 (in Otavalo.)There is a half hour recess at 10:30.Then from 11 to 1 we have school, and then we are free until 3 when the after-school ¨Proyecto¨ begins.These two hours consist of a huge lunch and normally a nap for me, even though my goal is to lay down and recuperate without falling asleep.
So this morning, I had mate de coca.As in, tea made of coke leaves.I know, least expected move on my part, but they buy it for us at the volunteer house, and it´s supposed to be great for you—energizing (haha), and helps you acclimatize to the altitude.So it obviously has a natural purpose other than recreation drug, and I do feel very awake.I wonder how many boxes of tea I could get past customs…haha.
Anyway, that´s all for now. For your benefit, I´ve posted pictures of my smiling Ecuadorian face, among other, less important things (like world-famous monuments and volcanoes.)
Missssss you guys!!!