The best moments in my program? Well, I have several, but the most heartwarming is the way the kids at the daycare all greet me with "Abuela Ruth," and come for kisses and hugs.
The second is a trip to a finca, in which we got caught in the rain, the rain poured into the car (no doors on the Jeep) and we took off down a rutted road and got caught in mud up to the axles. The driver put the Jeep in four-wheel drive and we were out within a minute, mud flying everywhere. Once we got to the finca the car sank again in the mud. It took the effort of five men to push us out and get us on ourway once we were ready to leave. What a hoot
The third is a trip to the volcano de Tot!umo, a rather smallish (49 feet high) volcano, a vent of an underground volcano, about 50 miles outside of Cartagena. My hosts daughter and I took mud in the "lodo" and got "messages" there to allow the mud to sink into our pores. After about 20 minutes we got all we ould out of the volcano mud bath experience and went down to the cienaga to rinse off. But the real cleansing came on the way home when we stopped at a seaside "palapa" for fish dinners and swam in the warm waters of the Caribbean.