Not a lot has occured since my previous blog entry. I received my Spanish test back to find that I did not performed as poorly as anticipated however, am still not terribly satisified, however I am still learning...ever so slowly.
This week at the orphanage has been so enjoyable! On Tuesday the girls had Valentine visitors from an all boys school located near the orphanage. Each boy presented a Valentine gift for each girl...it was quite darling. As names were called, each girl approached the front of the crowd of students to bashfully embrace their Valetine. It was so adorable...but also interesting. Because the girls and boys otherwise engaged in no further interaction with one another. Music was played and it was not until myself along with the other student volunteer from CEDEI, Arthur, got up and startd dancing that they were comfortable doing the same.
On Thursday when I arrived all fifty girls were busily washing clothes by hand. All were lined up sitting next to their on pile of clothes, each given one bar of soap and a wooden board on which to wash their clothes. There were two hoses spouting cold water from which to rinse soapy clothes and all wet clothes were placed on clothes lines to dry. It was surprising to see 6 year old girls washing their on clothes, this was very laborious. To wash one shirt took me close to 30 minutes. It was incredile to witness this process being conducted so quickly, so efficiently, so whinelessly
It was an excellent learning experience and certainly one that enhanced my appreciation my relatively labor-free existence.
Tonight we depart for Baños Ambatos for Carnaval. We are taking a bus that departs at 12 midnight, we arrive tomorrow morning around 9:00 AM and stay until Tusday afternoon. I am so thrilled!