but I prefer "hasta luego!"
As with leaving any job, I had a difficult time saying goodbye to Ensenada. Leaving Mexico was entirely too difficult for my liking, so I wholly intend on coming back after my financial stint back in Korea. I mean...I feel like I'm leaving my heart in Mexico...with my students, with my friends, with all of those fish tacos...
So now back home in Indiana, I have plenty of time to reflect on my year in Mexico through the last few days of pictures. Really...they say it all.
Fernanda, Camila and Andrea at a birthday party I was invited to. At a pool! By the ocean! YEAH!
Miguel, Diego and Carlo
These moms were like nothing I had ever seen in Korea. They were warm, inviting, and genuinely interested in the well-being of their kids. They also recognized that I LOVED teaching their children too!
Sebastian, Ismael and Luis
Me and some of my girls...after they found out that I wouldn't be coming back next year.
Alexa, after putting her face in the cake. Kudos to going for it!
The teachers and I went to Santo Tomas for pizza after this party.
The next day at the beach was dreary.
Kelly got a baby duck! His name is Apache...but I like to call him "Poopy." I think you can understand why...
The last day of classes was a sad affair...we English teachers came in the following week, but not to teach.
Ana Valeria at lunch.
Steph and I tried our hand at running the store at school. It WOULD be the very first squirt-gun robbery in the history of the school!
Cute 2nd-grade Brenda.
I think I was done reading at this point. At least I hope so, what with all the children standing around. I didn't put up with such fussing about.
Valentina stayed by my side until the very last minute I left school on Tuesday. She followed me around, attached to my arm. Heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking.
Macarena. We finally got her out of the habit of calling me "mom."
Roberto Emilio. This kid is going to be a talk-show host someday.
Me and my lovelies.
Gaby! That is my arm she's clinging to. She kept whispering "You don't go to Indiana!"
Daniela. This little one opened up out of her shell about midway through the year. She was making a silly face before we snapped this.
Pamela, who tied for 1st in Good Conduct. What a doll.
The boys on our last day together.
With the girls. Who would be crazy enough to leave them?
The students kinda just did this on their own. It was weird. And super-cute.
The final weekend, we tried to pack in our "typical" weekend events. Every Sunday at La Alcoba (the tea house), they showed a movie. This month was Monty Python. I went to every one.
With Denisse. I will miss her and her mom and sister...they were great hostesses!
I ate my first and last fish tacos here at Navolato. I will always remember the giant picture mural of the ocean and the taco stand floating in mid-air above it. Also, the cartoon lobster that was bigger than the cartoon dolphin.
In my opinion, the best ceviche you could find in a restaurant in Ensenada.
Oh mah gah. FISH TACO!
The teachers (and Steph's mom) at our last meal together.
I will miss: big giant flag!
See that there on the left? That pink-ish building? That is the tallest building in Ensenada!
Stay tuned until next time when I make it very clear that I am a tourist here in Indiana! Te quiero, Ensenada!