23.02.2014 - 23.02.2014 65 °F
All of us approached our last day with mixed feelings. It was a day to be with our families, both individually and together, which gladdened our hearts, but we were also sad to realize that after the day ended, we'd go back to our host families for one last night before catching our early flight out toward Tacoma.
The morning was family time. Many families started the day at the Ciclovia, a long stretch of road that is turned over to pedestrians and cyclists between 6am-2pm each Sunday. That was followed by several hours at a mercado de las pulgas (flea market) for some final shopping for souvenirs and gifts for folks at home.
At 3pm we gathered at a restaurant for lunch, CWA visitors with their host families and teachers from St. George's. The meal was full of wonderful conversations. As one can see from the photos, a good time was had by all. But as one can see from other photos from the restaurant, the fun turned to sadness when it was time to say goodbye. The "saying goodbye" process took nearly 30 minutes, with lots of hugs and more than a few tears. A few students are already plotting their strategy to be able to return to Colombia as soon as possible.
The links that have been forged over the last 2+ years between CWA and St. George's are strong, and hopefully they will endure. Certainly the new friends that have been made between the students at SGS and CWA will become lasting friendships. We live in a world today where being monocultural is quite a disadvantage, and these students, certainly, are prepared to enter an adult world in which knowledge and awareness of other languages and cultures will be at the very least a leg up, if not a virtual requirement.
Sra. Duque, Mr. King, and I all very much enjoyed leading this fine group of students to Colombia, and we got as much out of the trip as the students did. It's wonderful to be able to get to know students in a different and deeper way, something simply not possible only through contact at school.
This will likely be the last blog entry, except for a couple more that will be written by Creighton King upon his return to Tacoma; he chose to disconnect from the internet for this trip. We may also post just a few more pictures of our trip back home.
Thanks to all the CWA parents who had the confidence to send their children with us to Colombia; the trip couldn't have happened without you!