Dearest Sons and Daughters (Amelia, Carly R, Carly T, Carson, Grace, Mack, Marcus, Michael, Sarah, Sofia, Sophie, Will):
We hope this letter finds you all living your best lives with sweet adventurous memories of our time together in Ecuador with GLA.
We truly accomplished a lot together from developing lifelong friendships to giving back to the communities that so graciously accommodated us to learning so much about Ecuador and the Galápagos. We hope you feel a sense of pride when you look back on how well you adapted and maintained positivity outside of your comfort zones. That is, after all, what GLA and travel are all about! Y’all are seriously amazing humans, and we know how fortunate we are to have gotten the chance to travel together!
Some of our favorite memories include:
-Watching your teamwork as you harvested the forbidden yucca at Campo Duro
-Your curiosity about the place you were visiting and that you always had questions for the guides
-When you actually won the soccer game against the locals!
-Your welcoming attitude to the 2 long lost sisters
-The joyous performance of Dancing Queen each time it played
-Watching the sea lions chase the penguins while kayaking
-Your amazing snorkeling luck – so many sharks!
-The disco ceviche party in the cafeteria of Hostal Sandrita
-The Chiva Bonita party bus in Quito!
-Your fast friendships that only grew with each day
-Your willingness to be yourselves with each other in an authentic way
We feel fortunate to have gotten to spend part of our summer with this great group of humans. We, Tío Håkan, Tía Patrícia, Tío Wilson, Tío Fernando, and the tortoises thank you all so much!
We’d like to remind you of this quote:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Stay curious, stay kind, and follow your hearts always! (And stay in touch!)
Jenny (Mom), David (Dad), Tío Håkan, & Tía Patricia