Good morning everyone! I received an email from Heather this morning saying their travels went smoothly and everyone is up and at 'em today with nervous smiles and excitement. For many years, we have arranged transport with a wonderful Ecuadorian family, and this year, Humberto, Ligia (his wife), and their son all came to the airport to meet the group. Humberto drove the group to the Hacienda last night and helped load and unload the huge pile of bags. He will drive the group throughout Ecuador and will share many stories along the way.
TTS23 slept in late today and enjoyed a late breakfast in the sun room overlooking the cobblestone courtyard. I imagine the group is now playing some goofy get to know you games to break the ice and start building a cohesive unit.
If you want to peek into the Hacienda, check out this link (you might have to copy and paste into a new browser):
This is the oldest hacienda in Ecuador and some buildings date back to 1580. I imagine Sarah, the history teacher, will find some wonderful places to introduce the group into the history of Ecuador and the hacienda system.
Stay tuned to the blog to gather more tidbits about the Miami orientation.
Here's to a wonderful semester!