Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nobody Knew Just How Special This Event Was...

On the 31st of January, the word got out that it was Rufino's birthday. There was still time to get to town and back before lunch, so I set off to buy a cake. There are three small bakeries in Salasaka and on the third stop I found one. By the time I returned, lunch was almost over and before anyone could leave I handed the cake to someone, who took it over and put it in front of Rufino.

Everyone sang the birthday songs, wished him a happy day and enjoyed the cake. Rufino was moved by the attention and made the following statement..."This is the first time in my life that someone gave me a cake for my birthday"....Rufino is 51.

Rufino was one of the first volunteers teachers at Katitawa when it was first started in 1997. In 2008 we brought him back as a paid teacher. He is a good friend and a wonderful teacher.
May the cakes keep coming.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quito For A Day

Last Friday Maria Pozo and I took Group Four, lovingly called the “Fours”, to Quito. (Maria was the School Administrator last year). The purpose of the trip was to visit the Astronomy Museum, located in the Alameda Park in downtown Quito. If the skies were clear we also would stay for a first hand look at the planets and stars through the observatory telescope.

The plan was to meet the Fours in front of the monument in Salasaka Central, no later than 6:25, as we wanted to catch the 6:30 bus to Ambato where we would board the 7AM bus to Quito. On Thursday each of the Fours were advised that we were not going to wait. Two of the Fours showed at 6:32 and the bus arrived at 6:34, and the three of us were off to Ambato where we were to meet Maria.

I have introduced a code of conduct at the school and we call it the “Six columns of Character”. Column number three is Responsibility. I really felt bad about leaving the other two and at this point I do not know if they showed at all. I will find out on Monday.
We arrived in Quito at !0 AM and after a 45 minute ride on the trolley-bus, we were at the Museum.


After the museum, we had a filling fast food lunch and then killed some time at the park…. And then we were off to the planetarium located at the Military Institute. We joined another class of students from somewhere near Quito, for the presentation in an auditorium where you sat back in reclining seats and watched the heavens come to life. If you would like to read more about this museum, Click Here.

While waiting for the confirmation of the evening show we all had a wonderful time at the inter-city park. Unfortunately the heavens clouded over and the live show was cancelled.

At 6•30 PM we had the wonderful experience of what thousands experience every evening at rush-hour…. A ride to the bus terminal via the trolley-bus. I only wish I had a video of that wild ride. The last stop of the trolley-is inside the bus terminal.

We arrived at the bus ticket counter at 7:45 and found a bus waiting to depart at 7:50. Arriving in Salasaka around 11, I found transportation waiting and by 11:30, everyone was home and I was in my bed at Pachamama. It was a great day for me and I hope, for two of the Fours.

I will look forward to read their report on their trip to Quito, which will be due on Wednesday..