AND WHAT BETTER way to celebrate than with photos? Below are a few snapshots of my time thus far. Hover over the pics for captions or click to view one-by-one. Big hugs to Alex, Emily and our fearless leader Sarah for being such important parts of my first memories in this beautiful, complex country. Gracias a Dios. P.S. These are photos I haven’t yet posted on this blog or on Facebook and are in chronological order.
Blessings from the kids at Upper Montclair Presbyterian Church. They also gave each of us a large bag of snacks that has been an indispensable antidote for bouts of homesickness.
Last-minute change in travel plans = chilling at the airport for 8 hours.
Revolutionaire! Carmen Rodríguez de Gaitán. She was one of the women who took part in the revolution on July 20, 1810, against the Spanish government. During the Spanish Reconquista (1816-19) she protected documents that were important to her country. For her subversive actions she was captured and then exiled.
Celebration of Mother Earth.
Beach day at Santa Marta…
… complete with fresh coco juice.
During orientation, we got to cook some delicious meals together.
Buñuelo + arepa = YUM!
My dad would like these.
Lunch on a banana leaf! El Tamarindo, a community of internally displaced families, graciously welcomed us, sharing stories and food with us.
Sunday breakfast at my host family’s.
Sarah & Emily, women of valor!
My little brother’s soccer “game” – the other team didn’t show up so his team played amongst themselves just for kicks.
Movie night with the sibs.
Two women from the British Embassy in Colombia visited El Tamarindo, the displaced community I am accompanying this year. Pretty swell that they took time to meet the people. I enjoyed chatting with them.