June was an exciting month for me because my mom and my brother Tim came for a visit! My mom comes every year but Tim hadn’t been here in 15 years! (Brian hasn’t been here in 34 years, or never in other words- I think it’s time for a visit!) We started their visit in the jungle, first going to Explorama Lodge. We spent a lot of time at the library, and went piranha fishing and visited a beautiful lake. We then went to Explornapo and headed to the Canopy Walkway. Thankfully Cliver was with us most of the time, guiding a woman with her grandson. We spent some time at Ceiba Tops enjoying the pool and visiting two different animal reserves, Monkey Island and Fundo Neiser. Back in the city we spent some time relaxing. Tim left a few days before mom, and before she left we had a dinner at our house with most of Cliver’s family. It was so nice to finally have my mom meet them!
The same day that my mom left my only Global Explorers group for the summer arrived. They were a really nice group of students from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. I was able to go to Lima with the group and visit with our niece Valeria, who moved to Lima at the beginning of the year. We had many visitors at the library through the month of July, summer is always a busy time at the Lodge.
|With the Girls at the WI State Fair|
We headed to Kenosha to see our friends Dena and Erich, who also have a new baby! My mom met us there and we all went out to dinner. From Kenosha my mom and I headed to O’Hare to pick up Cliver. We spent a couple nights in the Chicago area, visiting my cousins Tracy and Ryan and their kids. Cliver had met Tracy last year but this was his first time meeting the rest of the family.
|The Panama Canal|
Next week kicks off a busy season for me, starting with a visit to the library from a Chilean international school. Then we have a family coming to volunteer at the library for two weeks, and our first concert from our music program. We’ll have students from an international school in Lima too, and then begins our two week community evaluations where we visit all 56 of the communities that we work with. Hopefully I will have some Cliver time in there somewhere too!!