Saturday, February 27, 2010
Well. Our Salvadoran adventure has ended prematurely and we are now thrust into a new and exciting chapter of our lives: parenthood! Wow. While back in the States for Christmas, we found out that Kelly is pregnant--thus making her medically unfit to continue her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Bruce returned to El Salvador for another month to give closure to our service. While we were looking forward to spending more time with friends, neighbors, students, coworkers, and other Peace Corps Volunteers, keeping in touch will have to suffice. And someday we hope to go back and visit Chinameca, a place that will always hold a special place in our hearts.
To our family and friends in the U.S., thanks for reading the blog. It was a pleasure sharing this experience with you. Be sure to keep scrolling down, as this post goes back to October. We hope to see more of y'all, now that we're back in Pennsylvania and Delaware (currently looking for jobs). We look forward to introducing you to our little baby, set to arrive around August 9 (gender will be a surprise!).
Para los queridos Chinamequenses, gracias por todo su amistad y apoyo en nuestros proyectos en la comunidad. Para nosotros, fue una experiencia maravillosa e inolvidable. Siempre vamos a guardar un espacio enorme para ustedes en nuestros corazones....y siempre queremos mantener contacto. Cuidense mucho y que Dios les bendiga.
Bruce receives a painting from the director of the Cultural Center during his last days in town.
a farewell dinner with friends
Bruce and Carlos (Choloman)
Bruce went with some friends from our pueblo to try surfing at a nearby beach. He basically caught one wave. He was then stung by an evil sting ray.
at a local finca (coffee farm) with our friendly neighbor
Kelly sent winter-themed stuffed animals to some of our favorite little friends.
a farewell trip to the beach with some Peace Corps friends
On Bruce's last night in town, he went to a nearby pueblo to say goodbye to a great family...and watch a toreada (bull fight). We chose to sit on the second level because it seemed likely to collapse onto the first level. The evening also featured fancy horse stepping.
One guy took a bull horn to the groin.
a farewell to Bruce, with gifts for Kelly and the baby