New Year’s Day 2010

With a free day, we all get off to a lazy start. This is also partly due to the very late night we had last night while welcoming in the new year. By the time we eat lunch, it is past 2pm, and we have a new commitment awaiting us. We had all agreed to work with a small group of around 20 children in a distant suburb of Bariloche where the people live very humbly.

Some of the children who gathered together for a photo.

Some of the children who gathered together for a photo.

The rest of our day after this consists of sitting around and drinking “mate” while chatting about life and things. It is a very lazy day, but one filled with friendship and connecting with each other. A great way to start the new year.

On the way to the suburb, we take a beautiful trail.

On the way to the suburb, we take a beautiful trail.

The walk was long, but this was offset by all of the colours and the stream beside us.

The walk was long, but this was offset by all of the colours and the stream beside us.

Heading through a forest trail.

Heading through a forest trail.

This pathway was frequented by children on bicycles, motorbikes, and cars as we walked it.

This pathway was frequented by children on bicycles, motorbikes, and cars as we walked it.

The yellow flowers lined the trail most of the way.

The yellow flowers lined the trail most of the way.

Introducing ourselves to the children.

Introducing ourselves to the children.

The children watched intently as we performed different skits.

The children watched intently as we performed different skits.

Miguel helps a young 3 year old with his food.

Miguel helps a young 3 year old with his food.

Father Christmas drinks a "mate" before heading out to face the children.

Father Christmas drinks a “mate” before heading out to face the children.

The children greet Father Christmas when he comes out.

The children greet Father Christmas when he comes out.

Children are enraptured in this strange, mythical creature of Father Christmas.

Children are enraptured in this strange, mythical creature of Father Christmas.

Giving out presents to everybody at the end.

Giving out presents to everybody at the end.

On the way back we cross over the river on a man-made and very rickety bridge.

On the way back we cross over the river on a man-made and very rickety bridge.

Leonor crossing over one of the many small steams on our way home.

Leonor crossing over one of the many small steams on our way home.

Miguel has once again parked his car in a difficult location.

Miguel has once again parked his car in a difficult location.