Today was our first free day! We used this opportunity to fully explore the city and relax. We started our day by waking up at 8:00am, eating a delicious breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, toast, cereal, and various fruits at 9:00am. After breakfast, we split into two groups to tour the city of Riobamba! Both groups went to the internet café to call home. Although we had some sentimental moments at the phone booth, the group still managed to have a fun day. Some of us went to Plaza Roja, buying ponchos and crêpes. Others, went to several camera stores and the Riobamba Train Museum. After going to the Train Museum, they came back to the hotel and had a jam session featuring Mamma Mia and The Lion King. Afterwards, we met up at the hotel to go to lunch at Roma Santa.

For lunch, we had white rice, chicken and fish, salad, yuca fries, and platanos. After lunch, many of the students decided to stay in the hotel to relax and socialize with each other. Some people got their hair done at the local hair salon. Then at 4:30pm, we separated into our English Tutoring groups to create lesson plans for the following week. We then had dinner at Roma Santa.

For dinner, we had spaghetti with a beef meat sauce, parmesan cheese, salad, and a wonderful selection of teas. Dinner was especially delicious, with extra love from Isabella and Nelson! We came back to the hotel and concluded our day with our daily nightly meeting, that included a lot of big love.

Shout Outs:

Dear Mom and Dad and Adhyr and Roby (and Nala),

Hey guys! I talked to you today but I just wanted to say hi again. Sorry for waking you up Adhyr and sorry that I couldn’t talk longer. But I love y’all! Don’t miss me too much!

-Akida Joseph


Hi Mom and Dad,

I’m having a lot of fun in Riobamba! I have learned a lot from the people here! See you soon!