Yesterday afternoon made the entire trip worth while.Seeing the joy in each child’s eye when they danced the boogaloo and watched us crazy Americans play charades brings the best feeling to each one of us on the trip.It is so amazing to see us interact with each other with the difficulties of not speaking each others language, but somehow throughout the past week and a half we have gotten away from this difficulty.Today was all about the kids.They sang songs, played games, and were given presents.They also had tons of fun stealing our digital cameras not to take pictures of them, but to take pictures of other people just because it is so much fun to them to play with such a cool toy.The whole camera thing got out of control because the little ones LOVE pictures and they must see that they look AMAZING in each one of them.
Another surprise for us was when they presented each one of us with handmade cards and a box of chocolate.The little girl that gave me my present was one of my favorites and it is somewhat heartbreaking to realize that the experience with them is over.When the festivities were over we took a picture with the entire group and sent them on our way with hugs.
Last night we spent a few hours having “cultural exchange” night with the people of the camp.We sang songs, played a game and gave our thanks for all they did for us.They taught us how to SAMBA like they do in the parades at Carnival (Mardi Gras in the US).We have all turned into pretty impressive samba’ers while spending the time in BRAZIL.
They also tried to scare us one more time about the dangers in Rio.Basically we are all crazy scared, but I am confident that we will be safe and have a wonderful time.We haven’t had any major problems yet, so let’s hope it stays that way.
I am beginning to get a little excited to see everyone at home and RMC.We have all found it nice to be out in the “wild” and not have the ability to communicate as easy as we do while at home.We spent the rest of the night engaging ourselves in some intense catchphrase.It is absolutely amazing to see how well all of us have bonded since we were all rather unfamiliar with each other going into the trip.I am leaving with twenty four new great friends and enough memories to last me a lifetime!
It is sad to know that we won’t be returning to Camp Nova Almedia anytime soon…but we’re in Rio BABY!!!!