We’ve had a wonderful last few weeks in La Paz before we had to leave to finish our travels off. The last weekend at Fundacion Porvenir was just wonderful. My 6 boys rode their dressage test perfectly and completely unassisted (other than a reminder of which direction to go in) and all completed their test with a halt and salute to the judge – Dr Quiroga! Then on Sunday they all rode to collect their graduation certificates by themselves. I was one very proud and slightly teary teacher!
Then Sunday after the graduation we had a very special and again slightly teary thanks and good bye to the families, kids and team at the foundation. Humberto presented me with a plaque and a lot of kind words and the parents gave us all a tshirt to remember them all by (assisted by Adri!).
Then we were back in Funprobo for the big house move! Mixed in with a few patients (slightly tricky times as the building was in disarray and half the stuff I needed was packed!). Juan came back to visit us and I had another proud teary moment…..Juan was confined to a wheelchair for the last 2.5yrs following an electric accident where he lost and arm, leg, smashed his other foot and other hand and was unable to even transfer himself relying on his mum from everything. He popped back in with a new patient for us, he was beaming ear to ear, walking completely on his own with a stick, and threw the stick to one side and did a little jog and dance around the room for me. I literally couldn’t have been more excited and happy for him!
We had our Christmas/leaving do from Funprobo on the last Friday before we left and had everyone round to ours for a very civilised dinner. We made hats and gifts as they don’t have crackers in Bolivia. Decorated what we could in tinsel, got the Christmas music on and had a great bring and share dinner of Stew, cake and ice cream and cheese, bread and port. We were 10 in all and it was lovely to share the evening with these guys who welcomed us so warmly into their lives. Only problem is we forgot to take any photos!
I still had some days of pony riding left too before we actually left so I spent the rest of my time just chilling, riding and cuddling all the ponies before we actually left.
And not forgetting the love of my life who before I left, despite being less than 4yrs old and entire, let me ride him round the paddock and the garden with no saddle or bridle and just on a headcollar. Also we nailed trot. I will miss this spotty boy terribly.