It has been a treat providing this blog to parents. Four years ago, my son went on the Italy trip. I remember how much better I felt hearing about the trip in real time. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our travels.
It has also been a treat for me and the other chaperones to meet and spend time with your children. You have no idea how many times we've talked about how great your kids are. It's been a delight to get to know them.
We started the day early today (5:30 am wake-up). The kids performed at a San Jose private Methodist high school. First, their select choir sang for us in a small hall. Then, our kids sang for hundreds of their kids in a large, open gymnasium. All of the choirs sang beautifully, and there was time for the kids from both schools to mingle. We were made to feel VERY welcome.
Then, we took a short bus tour through the center of the city, landing at the Institute of Biodiversity. After lunch, we broke up into groups of 19 (yeah, 19), each with its own guide. We saw short films and then walked through various outdoor "exhibits." Some of the wildlife we saw included: deer, butterflies, iguanas, snakes, turtles, sloths, frogs, ducks, spiders, caymens (look that one up). The girls I'm sitting with in the hotel lobby asked me to tell you that we smelled leaves that smelled like garlic and licorice, and felt trees with spikes.
Tonight, is our last night here. So, we are going out to a well-known Brazilian restaurant to celebrate.
Those of us leaving on the big American flight are getting a 3:30 am wake-up call. So those of you picking us up should expect some sleepy, possibly grumpy, people.
I think the kids are actually starting to miss you all. We're tired and looking forward to seeing you (and our own beds).
Thanks for all of your comments. It's been fun for us to hear back form you as well. We haven't always been able to get every message to every kid, but we did our best.
See ya tomorrow!