Each day we have been here without the group, the difference between having a day crammed with activity vs. a day with an activity planned is apparent. Each day has had a very rewarding activity / visit / opportunity, but hasn't been exceptionally busy like last week.
The plan for Monday was to head to Elias Piña to meet our newly sponsored girl Aymar. Jenny remembered her from last year - she can be seen in almost every picture when Jenny was in the 3-4 year old class. We showed her picture to Laura, and she immediately recognized her as a high priority student. We also grabbed a suitcase of school supplies, since Elias Piña is one of the more impoverished areas. We also wanted to drive somewhere to say we saw Haiti... We originally thought it might be cool to cross the border, but earlier we heard that if you cross the border things can go down, so it's really not a safe idea.
LOTS of pics of the Elias Piña kids!
Trying to block the kids in the room - sometimes successful, sometimes not :-)
So first, one little guy busted out of the 3-4 year old room. I assumed he was running to Jenny for a hug (since that's what everyone does!) but he ran to me instead.
... then this guy followed
Aymar was a little late for school, but we was adorable once we got to meet her -
Running out of time this morning, so here's Haiti. The brown mountains in the distance...
... or just go across this river.
In the evening, we walked to the taco place just over the bridge. I said we probably didn't need the camera, but it featured
- tons of birds in cages
- DELICIOUS tacos. Chicken...
There was a menu featuring beef, chicken, pork... Each thing we asked about, "we don't have any of that". Eventually, it was clear: taco pollo. No problemo!
What would you like to drink?
No juices... water or pop.
OK, what kind of pop do you have?
What kind would you like?
OK. I'll go buy some.
(few minutes later)
Sorry, no pepsi. What else would you like?
What do you have?
Orange, grape, Sprite.
Those tacos were absolutely the best!