Wednesday we were invited to join the class of English students we’ve been working with as they celebrated the end of Ramadan, a holiday here called, “Eid Ramazan.” The summary of the entire day is simple: Travel to one house and eat food. Then go to the next house and eat food. Then go to the next house and eat food. Then go to the next house and eat food. And so on and so forth, from 8am until 9pm. Bryan and Eric were pretty exhausted after the long day of travel and non-stop snacking.
They visited a total of 6 houses in the city, 2 houses in nearby villages, and got to hike and go swimming in their britches in a freezing river nearby.
The highlight of the entire day though, was getting to have a multitude of opportunities to share stories … as they travelled on the bus or walked from house to house. … We are looking forward to following up with the students that were particularly interested this next week as we begin to say our good-byes.
Friday and Saturday we took a trip out to some nearby lakes with our national friend for some refreshing time there and to hike some more. “The Seven Lakes”, as they are called, are a series of lakes formed from melted glacier waters about 2 hours outside of the town we are staying in this summer. We were spending the night in a home-stay in between two of them. The first day we hiked all the way to the last lake and back, which ended up being a 7.5 hour hike, about 20 kilometers in total distance. It was beautiful as each lake had a different shape and color (some darker blue or more green). It was a blending of Colorado mountains and lakes the blue-green color of the Caribbean. This was an awesome time to spend with each other and with our closest national friend (who is also a brother).