Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Last few days in El Salvador (EDF)

Our last few days in El Salvador were busy and memorable- we continued to go out into the community, making home visits with our team.  On our last day we went to the U.S. Embassy with Dra. M to give a presentation (in English!) about our activities in El Salvador.  We don't have any pictures of this talk with us in our suits- security was intense!  We were not allowed to wear watches or bring calculators (a calculator I am usually never without...), cell phones, etc., and we spent a lot of time at the entrance getting appropriate clearance, and going in one at a time into the screening security room.  Only slightly intimidating, goodness!  After that, though, we actually enjoyed ourselves quite a bit- we gave our presentation to 3 embassy officials and had a great, lively discussion with them about health care and medical education systems, and future exchanges between New Orleans and San Salvador.  It was a nice wrap-up of our month!

We also had our last get together with the older persons group- they threw Lic. V a baby shower, and it was a great party!  The room was decked out (as you can see from the pictures), there was a full meal, and lots of party games!  The one pictured is where we all passed around a roll of toilet paper, and each person measured out what they thought the circumference of her belly was; the winner, a man in our group, got it exactly right!  What a lovely group of people.

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