I don't know of any great stories right now, but I can explain any of the picture if you would like, and I'd be more than happy to share more when I have some down time! (here's the link to the photos on Facebook, with a bit more description)
It was wonderful to travel with my mom, challenging both of our Spanish skills yet finding our way. I was also able to bring her to CENIT for a visit, on the bus, showing her how I got there and how much it meant to me. We went out to dinner with my friends to say goodbye, after which the adventure with her was a great distraction. I do apologize for the lack of descriptions here, but so much is now just in verbal stories or specific anecdotes, and I cannot do it justice with a written description.
Here are a few photos with friends and family. (Adrian was having a rough day, but I've received word from Patricia that he still knocks on my door looking for me, and he asks where I am. Just thinking about that makes me tear up still.)
Ecuador: Galapagos Islands
Peru: Cusco and Machu Picchu