January 6, 2013 by jiejie768
There are technically still 2 days of Christmas left (the Christmas season goes until January 6th, Los Reyes Magos, don’t you know…). Traveling and family time have taken precedent over blogging time, so here are five more days, in rapid succession. We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.
…some really happy children. We had our KATC Christmas party on Christmas Eve and it was probably the most fun I’ve had in Ayacucho to date. We took the kids on the big yellow bus, singing Christmas carols all the way into downtown. On the way back, we switched it up with some Gangam Style and were surprised to find that several of our students know the song and dance (cue “Hey sexyyyyy laaddddy” sung in a heavy Peruvian accent by 9-year-olds). The students performed the songs they had been practicing for weeks, we had pollo a la brasa and potatoes, colored, chatted and generally had a great time. I was really impressed with both the kids and my little siblings, who overcame the language barrier and had a good time together. Our students were genuinely disappointed that Lo and Dan weren’t coming back with us after our vacation. The best part was probably when the kids opened the new Christmas gifts for the program. We drew names and 15 or 20 kids got to open new games and toys for the whole group. Ryan, Lolo and I got to play Vanna White at one point, when one little present turned out to be a box full of numbers for other presents that were hidden in the kitchen. Marc Antony, the four-year-old brother of two of our students, got the honor of passing out numbers, and we ran the gifts down from the kitchen. Finally, at the end of the party, we passed out gifts, paneton and chocolatada to our students, just like we did in the campo. My family brought candy canes from the States so that the students could have a taste of one of our traditions. That garnered them many hugs and kisses as the kids left, and the older staff and guests were also anxious to try them.