It was a very bittersweet day since it was the last one we were going to be spending with the kids. We started the morning with a walk to the local Starbucks, where we loaded up on some much needed coffee. Once we got to the Plaza, we spotted the iconic Starbucks logo and practically ran with joy and happiness. It smelled like home once we were inside.
After lunch, we stayed outside with Avishai, Viviana, and Juan to reflect upon the past week. Let's just say that more than a few tears were shed as we went around the circle and shared how this trip has impacted our life. The kids will always hold a special place in our hearts.
As the sun started to set, we decided to take all the kids on a last stroll up the river. The view of Chicon mountain was something we will never forget. On our way back to the village, we had a blast linking arms with all the kids, skipping down the road, and singing classic American nursery rhymes.
The kids had one final surprise for us at the end of the night. They had been working all week on crocheting slippers for each and everyone of us. After dinner, they neatly laid out all of our slippers on the table in the library, which is where we would go to pick up our belongings before we leave. So when we went to gather all of our things after dinner, they were all inside the library waiting to surprise us.
Needless to say, even more tears were shed and several hugs were exchanged as we said our goodbyes to all of the kids. It's very hard to say farewell, but we will always be thinking of them and hope to return to Niños in the near future!