A recap of the last week and a half in Ecuador...
December 23rd--My family FINALLY came to visit! I waited at the airport with my host family for what seemed like a lifetime until they finally emerged. When I collided with Martha in an embrace, I somehow managed to fall on the floor--entertaining everyone at the airport. It was a great reunion.
December 24th--Mario drove the family to Otavalo for a day of shopping at the artesenal market. We also visited the equator.
December 25th--We had lunch at the house with the entire family. In true Tassie fashion, a ridiculous amount of photos were taken. Here are a few:
|Juanchito and I|
|María Elena, Orlando, and Me|
|Soilita and Juancho|
|my entire family|
|Martha and I, Quito behind us|
December 31st--Back in Quito for NYE with my host family. Cameron and Trena joined the party, which went from 9PM to 3AM New Year's Day. Some photos:
|Tassie and Trena|
|Pao and Dani|
|Pepe bailando con María Elena|
|Cameron bailando con Orlando|
|MaríaElena and Orlando|
|Orlando and Pati dancing|
|hugging at midnight after the toasts|
|my mother was crying|
|Julio and Juancho, ready for fireworks|
|sleepy vale with diego|
|quemando el año viejo|
video of fireworks...one of the most dangerous fireworks shows I have witnessed
the video is filmed right outside the house...and please excuse my potty mouth!
|ja ja Juancho....SArita #2?|
|diego and vale|
At 2AM, we were quite worn out and it was time to say the goodbyes. O my o my was it hard to say goodbye! I've never been good at them, and it was even more difficult in a different language because I am less able to adequately express what I was feeling. So there was some crying--I hope they understood how much I'll miss them! But I told them that they would surely see me again soon!
January 1st--Woke up at 6AM, left for airport at 7AM for 1030AM flight. Flight delayed until 3PM. Pepe interrogated in Miami. Spent the night in Miami.
January 2nd--Woke up at 5AM. Home at 2PM. CHICAGO IS COLD!!
|back home with sally!!|