all good things…

24 Jun

Today was my last day at Colegio Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo and it was the perfect way to end my school year in Madrid – we had a massive water fight, and everyone, teachers included, participated! I made sure to take lots of photos of the kids since I basically already miss them:

fiesta del agua.

Sergio, rockin' a fake gun and a cookie while dancing to "Wavin' Flag"

new "novios" Luna and Matias

best friends Maria and Natalia.

me and my buddy Alejandro. He made me a paper airplane with "Que tengas buena suerte en California" written inside.

At the end of the day, I had to wait around for a few minutes to say bye to all of the teachers. Most of them stood in a circle while my boss, bilingual coordinator Gracia, presented me with a HUGE Desigual bag. Inside was a card signed by all the teachers, drawings from the kids, and a beautiful Desigual duffel bag that looks like this one:

I was definitely stunned. I made my way through a round of dos besos and said bye again to the teachers I was closest with – I made my way out the front door and sadly left my school. The best part of the day was looking through all of the drawings from the kids. Here are a few of my favs:

please note me flying away on an airplane. sad.

thanks for the volcano, Miguel.

Pablo and I inside a heart. As if I didn't love this kid enough.

five-year-old Jorge

love of my life Diego ruined the surprise by telling me he drew me an "arco iris" days ago.

this is some serious English.

Saying goodbye is never easy for me, but this has been a great year and I had a great experience. The hardest part is knowing I probably won’t see these kids again, but at least they’ll always be young and adorable in my mind!

3 Responses to “all good things…”

  1. Steve Clow June 24, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I miss these kids…and I never even met them!


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