Uraba - Mid Year Retreat
After a busy four days of Carnaval, Brittany, Sarah, and I traveled to the Uraba region for our mid-year retreat. The first day, after a long bus ride, we stopped in Arboletes for some relaxing beach time. The next day we continued on to Apartado to visit the church and the Colegio Americano where we had the opportunity to talk to some of the classes about the YAV program and our work here. After a brief stop in Carepa, where one of last year's YAVs lived, we continued on to Dabeiba. Over our two days in the mountains we visited an indigenous village, the home of Madre Laura (the first Colombian woman to be canonized as a Saint), swam under a waterfall, worshiped with the Presbyterian church, and learned how to make coffee from raw beans. Although the long hours spent on the road were exhausting, the trip was a refreshing break, during which we reflected on the past six months and made plans for our final five months in Colombia.