this sunday some of my friends at work threw me a going-away party at hilda's house, which is up in the mountains on a farm about an hour outside of quito. 10-15 of my coworkers were invited, and they brought their kids and stuff, too. it was fun--here's some pictures.
isn't this girl and her little chick just the cutest? this is marco's daughter, nicole.
the centerpiece of the party was the killing, preparing, and eating of a pig. this is a pretty rare and special thing here in ecuador, so i was very honored and pleased that they'd done it for me. here's a photo of the unhappy pig and some fun we had with it. (nicole kept trying to make maira touch the pig, which of course maira didn't want to do.) i think the pig would have minded the obvious slight, but, you know, it's a pig. and it was dead.
more evidence that i actually have done some work in ecuador. AND it's surgery! on a potato.
here are several of my friends crowded around the fritada (fried pork). they were pretty hungry. either that or they just like breathing smoke.
this is the finished product--here we have potatoes, fritada, tostada (roasted corn, and mote (sort of like...another kind of corn, steamed and stuff). it was very good. and there was a lot of it.
afterwards, they divided up the leftovers, which i'm guessing will last until next year or so. everyone's so happy. "yay! we will have food!"
the view was like this in pretty much all directions. just over my left shoulder is volcán pichincha, which unfortunately you can't really appreciate in this picture--it's really something and quite majestic. you should come sometime.
there was a lot more to the party, but i'm already sort of overstaying my welcome in pictures. there was also horse riding, cow-milking, corn picking, and several other activities. fun times were had by all. hurrah!