QUOTE:  The door to happiness opens outwards. Anyone who tries to push this door open thereby causes it to close still more. – Søren Kierkegaard

QUESTION: How do young people spend their free time in Guaranda compared to the US?

Hi friends and family! 

Today was our second free day. We started the day off with a PJ breakfast at Criss’ and ate eggs and humita. After breakfast, we headed back to the hotel and formed our groups for free time.  We were allowed to head out without a GGL! Some glimpsers headed to the basketball court and soccer field, while others went to the fruit market and cupcake shop! During this time, a couple members of the Cash Group for our CAP project went out with Stephanie and Eduardo to buy supplies for the project which took about 45 minutes. After about four ho

urs of free time, everyone met back at the hotel at 12:45 for lunch at Feroz. For lunch, we ate soup made of carrots, tomatoes and grains, with popcorn to go on top! Then we had salad, rice, and steak. 

After lunch, we headed back to the hotel to write appreciation letters to our donors. We wrote the rough drafts first and will write our final drafts in a couple days. We had about an hour of free time to hang out at

the hotel and then we walked back to Verbo Divino for English tutoring and it was one of the students’ birthday and our glimpers got him a Cookie Monster cupcake! We then headed to dinner at Criss’ and had rice wi

th a salad and more steak. Once we got back from dinner,  we had a time of reflection with our reflection groups to debrief on the day before (Deconstructing Poverty). After that we had our nightly meeting and half of us got our laundry back! 




P.S. Hi Mom, Dad, Jamie, Abby and Buster! I am having a blast in Guaranda! Today I went out with my friends to the fruit market and bought some dragonfruit. I also walked up. A lot of stairs to play basketball 🏀 and soccer ⚽️ . I hope you guys are doing well and sorry I haven’t called I’ve been busy playing basketball and enjoying all my free time that I have here. I have learned a lot and am having a great time, I’ll tell you all about it when I come home. See you soon! Love, CJ❤️

P.P.S. Hi parents, Eden, Mich and Ciara! I’m alive!! I’m having a great time here trying new things and being immersed into a whole new culture. Today my new friends and I did lots of fun things! We got to explore on our own and my group went to the open air market and got some exotic fruits! I miss you guys a ton and I can’t wait to see you guys! Love, Betsy