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Nebaj farewells

November 30, 2012

Today was our last day in Nebaj and we went with the Grupos for a farewell excursion to "Boxbolandia," a hotel resort with recreation facilities that is open to the public.  I played futbol with some of the hombres, while Bethany and Sierra played basketball with some of the mujeres.  Tanya watched and took some photos.  I'd also played futbol with the guys at the indoor field that is opposite the hostal on Tuesday and Wednesday too, so I was pretty dead on my feet by the end of today's game.  There were various outdoor pools and slides at the resort too, but it was way too cold to think about going for a swim.  Although we're not too far from the equator here, we're high enough up that it's pretty chilly here just now.

After being treated to lunch, the Grupos had a ceremony to thank us for our work while we've been here.  They also gave us some gifts - traditional, brightly coloured, woven bags for me, Bethany, and Sierra, and a beautiful, hand-woven shawl for Tanya.  Here's a photo of us with the Grupos taken just after the ceremony.

Grupos de Mujeres y Hombres por la Paz, Nebaj

In the three weeks that we have been here, we have helped around the hostal by teaching English, cooking, and computer classes. It was fun.


I liked the English classes best because it was fun watching everyone learn some English words. We also taught them some songs like "head, shoulders, knees, and toes" and "round and round the village."