Hello hello. Yes, it´s me I've finally come up for air and thought I should write a note to let you all know I am still alive and kicking.
First of all, everything is great!! I am busy, happy, frustrated, challenged, and fulfilled in my new site of Mindo. Like I told you before I'm working at a catholic boarding school with about 600 students, but only 300 are live-in students. So I have work 7 days a week!! It's crazy, but I love the kids and high energy atmosphere of the school. The children are from 4-20 years old but only the older children live-in (8-20).
The latest and greatest:
*Some of you might have heard the big exciting news…I have been given the dream job of many that is obtain by very few…Official Lunch lady! Oh yes, I had to travel to the southern hemisphere for this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve food (hair net NOT included) 7 days a week, 3 meals a day. Working as a sort of a school Nutritionist most of my time is in the kitchen (where a woman should be, right?? Ha. I think they are trying to make me in housewife.) I am planning meals for the 300 live-in students, but with the pay of $5 a day for cooks it´s hard to find help so I am the new assistant cook and server. I had many ideas of what my Peace Corps experience might look like but I never EVER imagine lunch lady being one of the roles I would play…just one of the beautiful surprises of life in Ecuador. Ha ha.
*Another exciting news flash is that I found an apartment and after renting it for two months have finally gotten Peace Corps approval so I can move in this week just before my sister flies into Quito on Sunday night!! Melissa will be spending a few months down here enjoying the Ecuadorian life with me and helping at the school! This past weekend my friends and I did a little redecorating and painted my bedroom a vivid turquoise color (pictures to soon follow). very cute!!
*Also, next week I got invited to meet with the Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who will be talking in Quito!! I'm excited!
I think that about sums life in Mindo up for now…Hope this finds you well.
Much love to you always!!