Departure! The countdown is on...

May 17, 2009

Some photos

at the coast

some scenery

my family´s 5 cows

me milking the cows, I was sooo slow!

my host sister and I in front of the church where we go each Sunday

My host sister, my host brother and I in my room with my welcome gift of long stem roses from an aunt!

we flew in at sunset, beautiful!

Here are a few photos from my first week here in Ecuador, I will write more soon :)

May 4, 2009

One More Sleep

My departure is tomorrow morning at 9:00am, which means less than 24 hrs until I am gone for 3 months! Right now I am a whole mix of emotions: excited, nervous, sad, and sometimes I don't even know exactly what I feel. My last few weeks have been filled with packing, last minute supply shopping, meeting with friends, family get togethers, saying good-bye and tons of well wishes from friends and family. Once again I realize how blessed I am to have the wonderful support that I do.

Just last week I found out information about my host family and placement in Ecuador! My placement is in a school, Escuela Himmelman, in downtown Cayambe (a small town about an hour and 40 minutes north of the capital city, Quito). I will be living with a host family in a community called Convalecencia. My host family includes a mom, a dad, a brother and a sister. They have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 5 cows! the parents both work at home caring for their cattle and running a small grocery store. My only house rules are to be open to communicating with my family and participating in activities with them, I think these should be easy enough to follow :)

Well, I am off ot put the finishing touches on my packing, weigh my bags and finish cleaning my room!

Adios mi amigos,
the next you will hear from me will be from Ecuador!
God bless,