Ten DBP students, along with Fr. Paul Chu, SDB and a parent chaperone, are travelling through Ecuador over Easter break. The group landed in Quito and visited the first Salesian school in Ecuador called Colegio Don Bosco. Also, in the same compound are two Salesian churches, a center for street children and a post-novitiate house of studies for Salesian brothers from various South American countries.
The following day, the students visited the Old City of Quito, built by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century over the indigenous Quitu city. They visited the huge statue of Our Lady of the Small Bread (Nuestra Senora del Panecillo) while there. They then visited the equatorial line and took part in some cool gravity experiments like balancing an egg on the head of a nail, and pouring water down the drain to see which direction it flows on the equatorial line (straight down). They visited some of Jesus Churches that are gilded with gold, and saw the museum of an indigenous people who shrinks heads.
That night they celebrated Mass of the Last Supper at the parish of San Juan Bosco in la Kennedy where six of our students were chosen to be Apostles and to have their feet washed by Fr. Marcos, a newly ordained priest, as well as meet with the youth ministry team of that parish.
The group has also experienced the sights and sounds of the Andes and the Amazon including a boat ride on the Napo River, had a lesson on cocoa beans, watched native dancers, and went whitewater rafting. They also got to hang out with alpacas while visiting Palacio Real, an indigenous community in Chimborazo!
We can't wait to hear about the rest of their travels this week!