Ali and I are so excited to be back in Cusco!
Schools in Peru have been on summer vacation since mid-December, so Ali and I have been traveling since then on our own summer break of sorts. Ali started in Brazil, Uruguay and Buenos Aires and I started in Peru and made my way down through Northern Chile and the lakes district. We met in Patagonia, where we spent three incredible weeks trekking and finding adventure.
Throughout our travels, we often burst into fits of laughter about our girls and class last semester. Some of these laugh-attacks came from thinking about:
• Maria, a 4th grader from Santoni who is logical and full of seemingly endless questions about whatever drill we are working on.
• Maricielo, a 5th grader from Los Nogales, is well-named. Cielo means “sky” in Spanish and she is always in the clouds. We constantly have to pull her back into the class.
• Norwet, a 6th grader from Los Nogales, who was almost always the winner of the “Sharks and Minnows” tag game, which she always played barefoot. She was so fast and had the perfect amount of competitiveness. She graduated in December and we will miss her dearly!
• Teaching the girls at Santoni a goofy dance that we dubbed the “traditional dance of los estados unidos.” They celebrated each point in volleyball with a team dance, and we decided to video them at the end of class one day. Check it out:
But more than any one girl or specific memory, we miss the warmth of the girls and their unending excitement every time we show up for class.
We are refreshed after our time off and are anxious to start on Monday!