Happy Love Day!!
Although a day late, this is sent with equal amounts of love. I hope you all had a great day giving and receiving love from all your dear ones. It was just another day down here in Ecuador…full of admirers. Ha ha. I am feeling good because I have a new nickname in town. Yes, I have moved up from gringa to Mister America. Can you believe? I don't even mind the Mister part anymore. I mean do they realize who they are calling Mister America? The girl that stands a mere 5'4" (far from Model criteria), who didn't discover mascara until the second semester of senior year in high school (sad but true), and when all the cute girls were in ballet classes I was at the local YMCA taking Jazzercise in stirrup pants. What am I trying to say? I am not exactly the ultra feminine pageant princess, but in Ecuador it doesn't matter. To them I am Mister America, making me feel as if everyday was Valentines Day down here.
Okay on to the news:
Being the good friend I am made the 13 hour bus ride up north to see my soul twin, Francesca. It was a blast with a group of volunteers. We made tuna burgers, tacos, and even fried chicken. God Bless America. Although, I went to her site to get some gringo back up from the Ecuadorian attacks, but turns out I was still one of the two white people in town, I stick out like a sore thumb no matter where I go. Enjoy the videos of our carnival adventures and water balloon fights.
Also, Francesca lives in an Afro-Ecuadorian community which was really awesome to experience the different culture.
Also, we welcomed a new group of 43 Volunteers that will be working in Habitat Conservation and Agriculture. A Peace Corps Ecuador tradition is to welcome the new volunteers at the airport with ear piercing screams and roses. It was really exciting to see the newbies and to not be the new ones anymore!! Yeah!! Here is a little video of what it looks like.
Much love to you always.