I can hardly believe I'm at the halfway point in the tour. I've done 32 shows in the past two weeks, compressed into eight school days. It has been great fun! The teachers and other administrators at the schools have been unfailingly welcoming. I especially love it when the teachers and students are prepared in advance for my visit, as they were at Colegio San Bartolomé La Merced in Bogota.
The posters at this school advertised my visits as well as the visits of Ursula Holden-Gill and Keith Donnelly, the other two storytellers here. It has been great to get to know them in our off time.
I was in the library at this school, one of my favorite places to be. This particular library is amazing, with a flying dragon and anthropomorphized trees.
The children were excited when they came into the library.
For each of the eight shows I did at this school, the fabulous English coordinator, Margarita, had asked a different teacher to research me and from that research, do a full introduction. They even knew the name of my cat!
I had two days of work in Medellín, where one of the schools had a small taxidermy museum outside the hall where I performed.
The most terrifying was some kind of a wild cat.
In truth, that was a lovely school, where the (mostly) girls were excellent listeners. They sent up a collective "Awwww," when my puppet Peeps and the baby came out of the puppet bag.
Here are some children from a different school in Medellín, waiting for their schoolmates and ready for the show to begin.
They are lucky enough to go to a school that has its own stream and also that backs up to a forest.
That's the news for now. More soon!