Ode to Chazuta
My placement has come to an end. Boo. Weep. Smile.
And with that, 13 weeks after I first laid eyes on this little town tucked along the Huallaga River, I had to say goodbye. Goodbye to the women of Mishky Cacao who I grew to respect very much and who treated me with immeasurable kindness. Goodbye to the many others in the village who opened their homes and lives to me. Goodbye to this sleepy place that others find endearing for a quick visit, but I found wonderful enough to make my primary home.
Chazuta, this town with a deep connection to the river and natural surroundings.
Chazuta, this town where each and every one of my daily walks led to something interesting.
Chazuta, this town with the sweet smell of cacao beans fermenting everywhere.
Chazuta, this town with beautiful children who made me smile every day.
Chazuta, this town that opened up its doors to me and allowed me to practice English with a few of its children each week.
Chazuta, this town with beautiful sunsets and the clearest of skies.
Chazuta, this town filled with talented people and Jacks and Jills of all trades.
Chazuta, this town with interesting flavors.
Chazuta, this colorful town that I will hold in my heart until the end of my days.
Chazuta, this town that blessed me with multiple farewells…despite my short stay.