"every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"As excited as I am about the amazing opportunities coming in my move to Campinas, Brazil, in a few short weeks, it doesn't make the ending of my amazing experience in Colombia any easier. Five years in one place is a long time. Living in Cali now ties living in Eau Claire in longevity for places I've called home in my adult life; if leaving "EC" was a difficult transition, this has been downright heart-wrenching.
I've made a life and home here in Cali and this city, this country, my school, and all the people along the way will be a special part of my life. As they say, "Colombia es pasión" and I've been feeling a lot of it lately...
|First up, graduation of my second group here. |
It was a very bittersweet day; I may have cried
|Congratulations, Class of 2012!!!|
|I am definitely going to miss a lot of these guys.|
|Science Department "despedida" (farewell) party. |
I've been fortunate to work with so many talented and intelligent
colleagues over the years.
|One of the best 11th grade Pre-AP Biology classes I have ever had. |
On the last day of classes they threw a little surprise goodbye party.
(The placement of the tree in this picture may have been a
mistake in hindsight...)
|Two of my favorite ladies at work; it makes me|
physically ill to think about not seeing Juliana
and Moraima every day and to work on another
|And of course I can't forget my ninth graders this year...|
|...they're just so...|
|...special. (Which is why I love them, obviously!)|
|The pictures projected at the Ceremonia de reconocimiento|
(Recognition Ceremony) for my five-year anniversary.
|My five-year pin. |
I took a picture so when it inevitably gets lost I will remember that I had it.
|Parting gift: A personalized ceramic chiva bus.|
|Chiva-bus picture with the man who hired me over five years ago on a|
frigid February day in Waterloo, Iowa.
|Oh, and there was that time my former students |
threw a "despedida" for me...at a bar.
Reason # I-don't-know thousand why I will miss this place...
Also, in the same song, Semisonic sings "time for you to out to the places you will be from." This means two things to me: Brazil is waiting and, although I am not Colombian, you can bet if they make it to the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, I'll be cheering proudly!
|Hasta luego, Colombia...te extrañaré.|
Siempre estás en mi corazón.