Bienvenidos a todos, it’s your Leaders of the Day Alvin and Sabrina. We are excited to tell you about our extremely adventurous day.

Like the past three days, we woke up bright and early to attend English tutoring at Adolfo Kolping. Because today was the fourth day of tutoring, and because it was a sunny morning, many of us took our students outside to play.

After English tutoring we went back to La Primavera (our hotel) to change into warm clothing for the hike at Chimborazo. Chimborazo is one of the four volcanoes surrounding Riobamba. Due to its position near the equator the summit is actually the closest point to the sun even though Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain. We, including the Global Glimpse Leaders, are proud that all of us stepped out of our comfort zone on this exciting day. The drive to the starting point, Primer Refugio, was roughly an hour and 30 minutes. There, we took tons of pictures and rested for 15 minutes.

From there, we drove to the entrance of the Chimborazo National Park to start the hike. The hike to Casa Cóndor is something we all will never forget. For starters, it was extremely windy at first and there was a ton of dust due to the wind. Despite this, we were able to see vicuñas, an endangered species of white llama, and the extraordinary view of Chimborazo. Today was all about having each others backs. We all held on to one another and constantly asked if everyone was feeling okay. No one was ever left behind. During our hike we ate lunch on the grass where there was a beautiful view of the Chimborazo and the many sheep.

At the end of the hike we drove back to Riobamba and enjoyed singing to early 2000s songs with each other. When we arrived back to La Primavera the majority of us were relieved to finally take a shower and get rid of the dust. We then had free time to buy snacks, play sports, sleep or call home until dinner time. For dinner we enjoyed a delicious shrimp, tostones, and rice dish.

As usual we had our nightly meeting which consisted of the summary of the day, pluses and wishes for the group, passing the torch to the tomorrow’s leaders, and going over tomorrow’s agenda. After reflecting on such a positive day we split into our CAP (Community Action Project) groups to organize and plan our ideas. Lastly, we ended the day with lights out at 10:30pm to ensure we have another lively day.

Hi Mom it’s Sabrina! Thank you for commenting on our blog, it brings me joy to know we have some form of communication. I miss you all at home very much, including onyx and I can’t wait to tell you all about this trip when I see you again! Love you so much.

Hi Mom, Dad, Ms. Fink, Ms. Hinson, Ms. Hernandez, wow I’m going to be talking to a lot of people after this trip aren’t I? So far this has been the greatest day of the trip, but listening to your comments are some of the things we look forward to. Please keep commenting on the posts. -Alvin