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Every semester we hike Pichincha with the students. (Of course it's a completely optional activity since we are hiking up so high in altitude.) At the beginning of the trek I'm never totally sure whether I want to go and the hike gets steep pretty much immediately. This time I wasn't planning on doing the whole hike as we typically have to take a group back once they reach the cave (pictured right below) (or even before sometimes) because they know they won't make it to the top.    &nb...

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In January Inca Link celebrated it's 10 year anniversary. We've been with IL about 4 years now. Because of the celebration, a donor gave a significant amount to help IL celebrate by being together in a little luxury. It was definitely a sweet gesture by IL and we felt really cared for throughout the retreat. We got to spend 3 nights in Portoviejo, a beach area we'd never been to, with a whole, small resort rented out for us. It was nice to have it be just IL people at meals and in the pool toget...

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    My second group of students arrived! 23 girls, 2 guys made for a totally different dynamic than last semester. I, along with the 4 RCs, met the students at the airport after a crammed cab ride when our bus didn't show up. The next morning we did our traditional welcome breakfast together before worship on the roof (photo above from this) and then straight into all day orientation about what it means to be living in Quito, Ecuador, learning with Living and Learning.     &n...

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  Right after students left, my parents landed. I still had a few days of work, debriefing the semester so the first day they took Eden to Elejido park while Canaan attended a birthday party. I spent their first day here riding a train to Cotopaxi National Park. It's an old, old train line that has been upgraded and redone for tourism and Phil, our Director, thought it would be a nice treat to end the semester. The train would meander for about an hour and a half at time with beautiful view...

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Each semester after all of the tests are done, final papers submitted and trips are completed we have a final banquet to end the semester together. It's a time to celebrate everything the students have accomplished academically as well as the ways they've grown emotionally and spiritually. Each staff members requests students they connected with over the semester and publically we speak over their lives the worth that we see in them and the hopes we have for their future. It's fun and festive at...

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There was the longest, most interminable bus ride in the history of the universe to start off the trip. Someone suggested we try a night ride to have more time at the beach so we started the trip at midnight, hauling two asleep kids out of bed into full excitement. There was a miscount and we rode a bus that seats 45 with 47 people. Nate spent half the night sleeping on the floor. Eden didn't sleep but she respectfully held herself back from speaking to Bryan who was dead asleep beside her. Ther...

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Oh did I forget to tell you that I get to go the Galapagos Islands once a year as part of my job? Add new comment...

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Could we call this the view from my "office" for a day?     Not quite but I spent the weekend in Banos with students so it's where I was working from! We woke up at 4am, drove to the Swing at the End of the World and made sure to get a picture of each and every student. The bus was completely silent for those first 3 hours as everyone tried to catch a few more zzzs. We then headed into Banos where we got chocolate empanadas. Those of us rafting then headed back to the bus while others ...

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Lemme see. There was the time we snuck into Bryan and Justin's houses and snagged several of their classic outfits. We then wore them to chapel dinner one night, to the delight of students. EBB and I dressed as Justin and Lauren, Lauren and Steph dressed as Bryan. I have to say, EBB made a convincing Justin from behind and had a few people approach her thinking they were talking to him. I also learned I look like a giant potato when wearing large t-shirts and jeans. It was fun to do together ......

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Nate's last game of the season. Cumbre Alta in the final and up for promotion. The excitement was visible. We piled all four Passmores, the kids and I, EBB, Dani and Garrett into their car and sat ... in traffic. But we made it to the game on time, not without getting hit by another little car that stalled out in the parking lot. Browns, Gustavo, Fabian & Mabe and Brian Wallace were there too ... as well as a whole pile of other fans for both teams.   We cheered, we scored, we cheered s...

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