I can't believe my time in Tena is nearly over! It feels like home and I don't want to leave! I get the bus to Quito on Friday and then it's the start of the scary but exciting part of my trip, as I have no idea where I'll end up!! I'm planning to head over to the coast but haven't yet decided where as I keep getting conflicting advice from the locals here about the best places to go.
It's my final day at the "jardin" tomorrow and I'll be sad to leave the kids (well, most of them!), there's a couple that I want to smuggle in my bag and bring home with me. I haven't got much to write about the last week, just been working and going out too much! Caroline (who I'm living with) left yesterday so we've been making the most of her last week here. Last week the "fiestas de Tena" started and it goes on until 15th November. It's really lucky that I'm here to experience it. On Thursday it started with a big procession through the town (will put some pics on here later) and in the evening it finished with a big concert in the main square with some famous Ecuadorian singer whose name I can't remember! The next 2 nights were the coronation of the Queen (bit like a beauty contest) but we didn't go to those. Friday at school had a bit of an "end of term" feeling to it as all the parents came to help paint the walls and do gardening etc......I helped prepare one of the walls with a machete for a bit, hard work!! It was the "Day of the Dead" on Sunday so at school on Friday the kids made lots of "death" related things such a purple crosses etc, all very strange! And we drank "colada morada" which is a warm purple-coloured drink made from various fruits, it's tradition that everyone drinks this on the Day of the Dead. Monday was a public holiday, "Independence of Cuenca" so there was no school. Only one more day left and then it's goodbye Tena!xxx