We have spent the week wrapping up classes and practicing for the Farewell program tomorrow evening. The show is coming along quite nicely. They will show their appreciation to their host families and spend the rest of the weekend with them. The tears begin tomorrow and continue until we get on the bus early Monday morning to head to the airport. The instructors refer to it as the "Autobús de las lágrimas" (the bus of tears). They will be sad for a bit, but it won't last long.
They will return to Indiana with a new perspective and a sense of satisfaction. They will have spent 6 1/2 weeks in Ciudad Real and they should be proud of their successes. There is no doubt that some of them will return to Spain. I have been returning for 24 years now. It doesn't seem possible. I have traversed the country north to south, east to west. It is truly a land of beauty and history. I can't stay away for long - it is always calling my name, pulling me back.
The photos below are from our rehearsal today.