Sigue La Vida del Campo

Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
Trip End Apr 2008

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Thursday, September 14, 2006


Pues, como siempre no he escrito por mucho tiempo y hay mucho que quiero contar. Pero creo que puedo decir todo con una palabra: ocupada. Trabajando en la escuela, empezando la clase de inglés, dando charlas y sobre todo tratando de seguir viviendo la vida del campo de el Ecuador...

Staying busy in the "campo" of Ecuador is not an easy task (the natives don´t even bother with it!) There is something about the lazy clouds grazing in and out of the morning sky, only to settle comfortably into their routine positions in the afternoon, that really compels you to lay down in the hammock, open up a book and do nothing more for hours. BUT, I am not here, believe it or not, to lay in my hammock all day. Instead, I manage to find activities that not only fill my day, but turn out to be rewarding and worthwhile, as well.

I have begun teaching nutrition at the elementary school and although the kids aren´t throwing away their lollipops and potato chips, they are certainly learning the difference between the RICE and CHICKEN they find on their plates for breakfast lunch and dinner (and hopefully the nutritional value of each). Last night, I spread this gift of nutritional knowledge to the mothers of the children. My talk lasted about 45 minutes, and the women drifted between mildly interested and somewhat surprised. And if at least one mom heads home with the idea of throwing a few more veggies on the plate instead of an extra POUND of rice, my work will have been done.

The English class has also commenced with a healthy group of 18 teenagers. Almost perfect attendance at the second class. I was pleasantly surprised. They are clinging to a shyness which I am hoping to break them of in the coming weeks, but overall seem genuinely dedicated to the course.

I am playing soccer again with the young women in Cerro and we actually won a tournament last week. We may good enough to merit some uniforms...anybody out there interested in a little donation?

That´s about it for now. There is so much more, but I will have to save it for another day. Cuídense

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