Goodbye and Thank you Spring Creek


While in whistler, we spent four days staying with the family of Vicki, Brian and Katie. We went to the school where Vicki was a teacher together with Jane who stayed with us for a few days. Whistler was cold and everywhere was filled with snow and ice. The roads were icy and completely covered with snow. Vicki and Jane were teachers in Spring Creek school which was a few minutes drive from Vicki’s house. In fact, when we went to the school for the first day, there were many cars parked beside the road than those parked in the parking bay simply because the parking was completely covered by snow. In one of the classes we attended, the students were really curious to learn from us how to make chapstick, the kind of African snack we had already made in other schools. We did this with little or no problems by the fact that we had done so in many other schools and now it seemed as if we had become professionals. After making some chapatis, we divided them into quarters so that all the students can have a share. Some students, however, confessed that they would not mind a half or even a whole chapatti if at all they were available. I remember a certain boy who decided to be left after school so that he would have some more chapati.

In another class, we were taught how to make formal conversations while greeting someone in French. We saved all this conversations in our minds, just waiting for a chance to teach their sister school back in kenya. We also translated the exact message in our languages and taught them how to say a few more words on Swahili.
Sometimes we went to the gym and learnt how to play some games. Personally, I really loved a kind of hide and seek, which had French words which can be translated as ‘one two three sunshine’. In turn, we taught them how to play ‘I have lost my letter’ which they simply translated as duck duck hose in the Canadian version. The best moments was while playing Stella Stella Ola game. Though this game was new to me, I always tried to get the second or the third position, for position one was obvious and definite, it belonged to a Canadian.img_5085
During one of the nights, we did a Pamoja fundraising by inviting the parents to spring Creek school. The entry to the movie was in form of donations where people contributed their money generously. Our role with Denis was simple and the most enjoyable, getting to knw people and greeting them in the Kenyan style and then directing them to the movie hall. The title of the movie was finding dolly. Most parents were accompanied by their kids and had blankets for they were to sit down on the mats.
During recess time, we could wear our snow pants and boots and join the little kids playing in the snow. Often, my hands always got cold.
Time came and we had to bid all the people in spring Creek goodbye. That’s exactly what we did but we left with our hearts happier than we went. I miss the kindhearted kids who devoted their time after school to conduct the fundraising. I miss the kids who went home, and requested their parents to offer them something for sale, parents who offered some items to sell and even gave their money out to their kids for donation all in the name of sending some Kenyan children to school. I miss the parents who dedicated their time and never complained of sitting on the mat, the ice roads and the cold atmosphere. Even the kids who sat down on the carpets and listened to the kind of life we live back at home I miss them.
It was my pleasure to spend those few days in whistler in Jane and Vicki’s house. I wish the days were more, only that if wishes are not horses, otherwise I would have rode. I would love to acknowledge the administration of spring Creek Vicki swan and her family, Jane and her family and the entire community of Whistler. Thank you so much for the hearty welcome you gave us, the best moments she shared and the sad goodbye. Thank you so much.



Part of our history was made when the four of us were sent to represent Kenyan students in Canada. Denis, Stephen, Moses and I spent two months of cultural exchange with Canadian students. We left Kenya with iPads that were to help us gather and record as much information to give to the other people in Kenya. The flight was approximately 17 hours, from Nairobi to London and then Vancouver. To all of us, we got a chance to get into a plane for the first time in life. It’s an amazing adventure that we wouldn’t have had it by ourselves. The Coquitlam school district came in and invited Denis and I to their district. All the fun we had while taking a flight was because the school district paid the cost of the flight.


Personally I liked the taking off more than the landing.
Students from Charles Best donated clothing for all of us, preparing us for the winter and the rainy climate of British Columbia. In addition to that, students from the Charles Best who are members of Butterfly Effect hosted us for two months (Payton McIntyre and her family hosted me) and one month (Audrey Heath and her family hosted Denis). Mr. Corbould, the principal of Kilmer elementary also hosted Denis at the end of his stay. During our time in Coquitlam, we were able to attend the following schools trying to create a social and cultural co existence between Kenyans and Canadians.

Dr Charles’s Best is definitely the best as it’s name suggests. We went to the school on Mondays and Fridays. We spent some time doing our projects in Butterfly Effect, going to classes and addressing to them. We did a chapati sale in the school twice and I was amazed by the generosity of the students.


Just after arrival at Charles Best after getting clothing.

All of them were supportive and some donated money without expecting anything for return. Much more information concerning the chapati sale are in a different post. The students in the school welcomed us and got to ask as many questions. Learning and staying with them was really fun.

We had three schools we visited each week.  On Tuesdays we went to Maple Creek school and did lots together. We shared and learned from each other about our diverse culture. We played games and leaned new ones as well. We did a fundraising too by making a Kenyan and a Canadian type of food, chapati and poutine respectively. We had an especially great time going to Ms. Sue-a-Quan’s class because they were learning all about Kenya and they allowed us to be the experts to help them be without stereotypes of our culture. We also got to do a First Nations blanket exercise which was a very impressive cultural exchange for both Denis and me.  img_12081

A circle discussion in Ms. Sue-a-Quan’s class.


Denis and I during the poutine fundraising day.

We went to Kilmer elementary every Wednesday. We had a moment of sharing with the kids in classes and outside the classes. The kids in the school were excited of our presence and asked all kinds of questions they thought of. From their questions, we were able to know some of the little and stereotypical stories the kids might have heard about Africa in general and Kenya in particular. While in the school, we answered their questions and did lots together. We also did a PA-MOJA sale for chapati and the kids were helpful as well.

img_6188Denis and I with Mr Corbould, principal to Kilmer elementary school.

We went to Mary Hill elementary school on Thursdays. Our visit to the school aimed at breaking stereotypes. The innocent kids had all sorts of question that we were yearning to answer them. For instance, they asked questions concerning culture, wildlife, transport, housing and family affairs amongst others. We also did a chapati sale in the school as well which did very well.


Denis and I with Michele Reid, the principal to Mary Hill elementary during the Christmas concerts.

We had one afternoon when we attended Kwayquitlam middle school where did a few presentations. We answered their questions and also watched PA-MOJA movies as well. And we had a great day at Burnaby Lake with Ms. Norman and students from the environmental club at Heritage Woods.


It is impossible to forget the number of chapatis we made in all schools.
Hoping that much of our goals have been achieved, Denis and I are looking forward to share the information we gathered to the sister schools in Kenya.
My final statement is that racial differences is just but a mere factor that people use to hide their weaknesses. Thanks a million to PA-MOjA for their great effort towards changing the world to a better place.

Thanks so much to Mrs Gartland, the Superintendent and Mr. Della Vadova, the Principal of Internation Education and the entire  Coquitlam school district for paying for us to come to Canada and allowing us to have such incredible experiences with the students in your district.  We hope we have left a lasting legacy that will allow more students to come in the future.


I must confess that I truly fell in love with a Canadian island. It’s name is Pender Island. I will not tell you of the island until you learn what I also learned from Chinatown. In fact, before I speak much about the Chinatown, it’s my hope that whoever will read this blog read the dog adoption day some time ago. Adopting the dogs was the one of the most amazing things that surprised me since 5 th of November this year. However, it’s no more. It no longer surprises me as what I am about to tell in this blog.
We visited Michele’s house and she took us to Chinatown downtown Vancouver. We have heard so much about that place so we needed to go. We now had a chance to visit and see it for ourself. We drove all the way downtown Vancouver along the busy streets of the city.


A homeless family along the street in Vancouver.

On our way,we came across the homeless people who lived in tents along the pathways in the streets. Some of them were smoking. Some of them did not have good clothing to keep them warm especially during such cold season. Far from that, we picked up Lochlan, the son to Michele who spent the day with us.


From left, Denis, Lochlan, Conal and I.

We were welcomed into the famous Chinatown by the Chinese writings. Most if not all writings were Chinese. The street lights were furnished with dragon statues. We walked into a super huge mall in Chinatown where different kinds of food were sold. A bunch of other businesses were taking place in the huge mall. I remember a certain building that had a cat drawn at the door and the writings were simply simple for anyone to read, ” CATFE”


Don’t be surprised, this is the catfe building.

This was a place where people go to pet cats. People go to pet cats? Yeah, but why, do they pet the cats for someone and the owner gets to pay them? No! They pay to pet the cats. At first, I thought I did not hear well for I couldn’t believe people pay to pet cats. I am absolutely sure I confirmed this statement more than 10 times until everyone was tired of it. There was a busy line where people came a joined, all of them were there to pay and pet the cats. Such business would not last a day in Kenya.
I have always tried to take food from new places but drinking bubble tea was harder than I thought. There was a very old Chinese garden that we walked through.


Chinese garden.

Some of the artefacts in the garden were very old and had a Chinese origin. We bought a bunch of Chinese snacks and we tried all of them. Several people happened to stage their movies here.
We then went to where we could view the entire city of Vancouver from the top. The building was 28 floors and had a restaurant that was moving all around. From the building, we could see the port and the ocean clearly, and the buildings in the city were spectacular.


Viewing Vancouver city from the building.

We spent some time watching a group of people who were filming a movie from the building. Before going home, we headed to Capillano where we walked in the beauty of the nature. Tall trees and rocky paths were cute to look at. The river was frozen and the icicles were formed in the edges of the rocks reflected impressive lights by the paths. The Christmas lights up on the trees made the place look beautiful. The most amazing part was crossing the suspension bridge. It had a wobbling kind of feeling and one could still feel it even after walking on a normal ground. We also went to watch the famous movie Star Wars.
We had a tour later to Pender island using the ferry.


Riding on a ferry to Pender island.

The ferry was extremely huge with lots of people and cars inside. It looked like a big hotel that had parking in it. Being outside the ferry feeling the cold and the breeze of the ocean was more like taking a flight while outside the plane. I loved the movement of the ferry, especially the way it took a corner on the water without wheels. In fact, I wished we could take a ferry back home!
We arrived in the island some time later after having some stops in two other islands. I would say the address of the place we were going sounds funny because its name is ” Thieves Bay”


Denis and Inat the thieves bay.

It was named so because of the illegal shipping of goods through the place. I was really surprised by the fact that we never came along with anyone in our way. The island was so silent with the trees waving silently.

This first impression of the island made me feel as if I wouldn’t survive in the island, for I would get sick of loneliness. Little did I know I would fall in love with the island later. We stayed with grandma (Elenor Heslop) through out the time we spent there and had diner with her daughter as well as their friends.


 My grandma from the island.

I loved the binoculars she had for we could use them to view the United States from her house which was strategically positioned, at the shores of the ocean on top of a cliff. In one of the mornings in the island, we had a walk to the ocean and also hiked on top of Mount Norman with Michelle.


A view on top of mount Norman.

The hiking was really awesome viewing the ocean on top of the mountain. Unluckily, we never saw a deer as I expected. Life beside the ocean was so amazing especially when the sun shines.


The ocean when the sun is setting.

Thanks so much to Michele who had everything concerning the trip planned. She also paid the cost of the many places we visited with her. Our grandma was so good to Denis and I in her house. She made sure we had enough to eat, just like my Kenyan grandma does.


Taking lunch with grandma.

She also took us to the swimming pool.


Swimming with Denis.

Her daughter and her grand daughter were also good to us. I already miss the island, with its silence and covered with so many trees. The ocean and the trees was more than an amazing view.


I like playing with kids and hanging out with them especially when the kids are young and childish. During my stay here in Canada, Denis visited Kilmer elementary school each Wednesday of the week. The first day at Kilmer was more of saying hi to teachers and staff as well as familiarizing with the schools building.


The first day in Kilmer was sunny.

Although we were so excited, I tend to think that the kids were happier than we were from the smile they gave us when we visited them in their classes. To the kids, we were like 2 special small fish thrown in a lake of sharks.img_8502

Playing soccer with the kids. 

Kilmer was the first elementary school we attended in Canada. I had a great homestay mum (Ja-Lynn McIntyre) who picked us early in the morning and dropped us to school every day. During the first day of our visit, she was a bit curious that we might not get to the office without her help. Denis and I confirmed to her that we were okay by the fact that we had made it from Kenya to Canada all the way alone. We were welcomed by Mr. Corbould, Maddy and Rian who walked us the entire school. We said hi to teachers and students from different classes until evening. We played soccer with the kids after school until our families picked us for home. That was the first day in a school we didn’t know we would bid goodbye sooner.


Kilmer elementary kids.

Rather than explaining what we did all Wednesdays at the school, I am going to summarize all the activities we did. We went to different classes and the kids were eager to listen to all what we had to say. Questions were asked on basis of their curiosity. Right from the flight from Kenya to London and our stay. Others asked questions concerning what they might have read or heard about Kenya. I feel that most of them thought Kenya was all about safaris and wildlife. Some of them wondered whether they would see any animal once they land on the airport in Kenya. We tried to explain to them how we don’t ride on elephants as they thought. Neither do we wake up and find a lion at the backyard of our houses.
In one of the few days in the school, we visited Britannia copper mines with grade four students. We had a chance to learn how tiresome and difficult the process of mining a rod of copper is.



A visit to the Britannia copper mines.

We also had a PA-MOJA fundraising in the school too. We made chapatis with the help of PA-MOJA kids. Although we had made chapatis four other times in different schools, I liked the Kilmer one because of how big the cooking pan was.


Making chapatis during the sale.

It handled like 15 chapatis at once. The staff had a programme of coming with food to school each Wednesday we went to their school. We therefore ended up getting free food for recess and lunch too. We therefore never got hungry while in the school. The principals office had lots of sweet candies of which I confess we chewed every now and then.
We played different types of the games during recess and lunch time. After school, we played soccer with some of the kids, a teacher and some parents too. When the pitch was too icy, we still payed soccer in the gym.


The soccer team after school.
Having visited the school for some time, the last week has finally come. We joined the big crowd in their final assembly at the school. The floor was opened by a great band by the name ‘ Blue Berries’ that sang a couple of beautiful Christmas songs. During our last day, we gave presents to the kids who won the annual draft game. It was sad for me to leave the little kids who would barely hid their emotions. During our last day, we bid the kids goodbye though we later met them at night for skating. We had dinner with one of the parents in Kilmer that night.
The skating at night with the Kilmer parents and children marked our final moments with the Kilmer society.


Joining the kids for gym classes.


Will miss this little beloved kids.
I sincerely say thank you to everyone associated with the Kilmer school who made our visit so fantastic. Right from the homestay family who drove us to school, the principal who welcome us as one of the enrolled kids, the teachers who made us feel as one of them, the students who made us feel as one of them and the parents who treated us like one of their kids. I sincerely acknowledge their effort towards promoting cultural exchange and cultural integration.

When I go back home in Kenya, I am looking forward to visiting Kilmer elementary’s sister school in Kenya, Chuma primary school, and share with them all the different things I learned in Canada.


I was very curious to see the snow I had heard of for a long time. I was also curious to feel the scary temperature beyond zero. It reminds me of the icy peak of the tallest mountain in Kenya. What does snow look like? Is it similar with the icy ball we used to make in the fridge and melt them in our mouths? Is it like the foam formed by soap whenever it is dipped in water? Is it hard or soft? How would I survive in temperatures below the one in the fridge? I was curious. All these questions got an answer when I visited Whistler. I remember when we searched the temperature that was likely to be in Canada while still in Kenya. The results scared everyone at home, because it was really low to Kenyans, -4 degrees Celsius. In Kenya if the temperature is 10 degrees, I would rather sleep and stay in bed than wake up because it’s really cold.

A trip to whistler was one of my favourite trips. Vicki Swan was to pick us from Vancouver and drive us all the way to the cold region. I was surprised by everyone’s reaction when they heard we are leaving for Whistler. Most of them gave this impression, ‘ Oh really? You are going to Whistler? That is so cool! You are going to like it, it’s really fun up there!’ It was getting dark but I was still yearning to see snow. I remember I asked her how fast she could drive, not for knowing alone, but to calculate how long we would take to Whistler. I remember we had spent the day at Britannia copper mines which is on the way to Whistler. It was funny because we had to back in Coquitlam, pack, and go back using the same route.

We were making jokes and laughing a lot in Vicki’s car. The drive was two hours away, and that was enough time to ask even more questions about Whistler more than I  thought possible. Thanks to Vicki, who never tired of our questions. We might have seen snow while 20 minutes away from Whistler but unfortunately, Denis and I slept before arrival. Most people coming to Whistler are often from other places and the go there to have fun skating, skiing and playing in the snow. The next moment I was awake, the car was already packed right beside Vicki’s house. img_5084

The four of us after walking in the snow.

There was snow everywhere! The car itself was parked in snow. The houses had another layer of white snow on top of their roofs. The trees and the rocks were painted into white by the beautiful white snow. ( We were lucky we did not push the car in the ice up in Whislter. Little did we know we would even shovel the driveway some time later) The first thing I did when I jumped out of the car was to touch the snow. I grabbed some in my fist and felt what snow feels like. To my surprise, it was more of soft than being a crystal. Outside, the temperature was 0 degrees while it was as 19 degrees inside.

From what people had told me about Whistler, of how freezing cold that place is, I had more than enough jackets on me. Brian and Katy welcomed us and gave us a room to spend the night. We were to spend the following day at Spring Creek school (I will be putting up a separate post about the great 2 days we spent there). It was raining white balls of snow throughout the night. In the morning, the car was covered with snow and the car looked like a big rock with a regular shape. Everywhere else was covered with snow. In fact, I think Whistler should be changed its name to Snowland.


Feeling the cold.

After spending Thursday and Friday at the school and going skating on Saturday, we had a chance to take a gondola uphill the mountain on Sunday. People took the gondola up with their skiing consumes and then skied down the hill. Denis and I played in the snow, rolling and sinking in the deep places with Vicki.


Playing in the snow and eating the icycles.

Some places were super deep and at once, I sank in the snow and I had to be pulled out for I couldn’t come out. I also had my fingers cold and it was painful to let them regain warmth. Later in the day, we took the longest unsupported gondola from one peak to another. Since we did not know how to ski, we took a gondola down the hill.


View from the gondola.

The distance from one peak to another is 3.024 kilometres. The gondolas carried up to 15 people. 46 mm thick centre haul cable which was 8850 metres long pulled the gondola while a 56 mm thick outer cable supported its weight. From the gondola, we could view the beauty of the snow on the mountains since it was also sunny.


Denis and I in the gondola.

I thank Brian, Vicki and Katy for giving us home for two nights and the family of Jane and Bob for the other two nights we spent while in Whistler. Special thanks to Vicki for organizing our tickets. I thank all of them sincerely. Seeing snow in so many different ways was a highlight of my trip to Canada.


I would not have learnt how important a small piece of copper is until I went down to where it comes from.Today we were to visit Britannia mines during the day with Kilmer elementary school for a field trip. We first had to assemble at the school ground. Everyone was dressed up in warm clothing and heavy jackets too. All children we glad to have us joining them in the field just as we were. After checking in all children, we all hopped t two beautiful long buses and headed towards the mines. Some parents too came along with their kids.img_9644
Inside the bus, all kids were playing different kinds of games. I was surprised by fact that there we no belts in the school buses and public buses too. I found it quite sarcastic to buckle up in a private car with four people and let 30 people in a bus drive without their seat belts on. Driving in a bus without a belt in Kenya is tantamount to paying a certain amount of money or end up in police cell for a night or two. The teacher had tough time making the kids sit up without playing and making noise in the bus. The journey to the mines was an hour and 45 minutes. There were so many kids in the two buses and therefore we were divided into three groups.
We were welcomed by one of the ladies who works there. Britannia copper mines began in 1904 and closed down in 1974. The copper mines museum was the first place we were to visit. This was a huge building where copper was milled decades of years ago. The building was so old since it was constructed very many years ago.img_9615

The milling building which was constructed decades of years ago.

I was surprised by the long process used in order to make a rod of copper. First, the rock containing copper,( copper pyrite) is mined. The machines for mining were old and made loud noise. It’s then crushed into smaller pieces of stones in the mills. Copper from the rock is obtained by a process known as froth floatation. The product of the process is bubbles of copper which are let to cool down and solidify to form copper. img_9620

Copper pyrite.

The machines in the mills were old since there were no as much inventions as today.
From the mines, we took a ride in a small train to where the actual mining took place. There were tunnels leading to the mines that had water dropping from the rocks. The rock were so hard and miners blew them up using that was placed in warm places to avoid self explosion. Some years later, they started to use drilling bits that were run by compressed air. They used shovels to carry loads until machines were invented later. The machines were so noisy and loud.


A sample of huge trucks used to transport copper.

Since there was no electricity by then, the miners began by using candles as a way of lighting the dark channels. Some years later,the miners used calcium carbide flames before battery torches and later electricity were invented. There was also a horn that was the loudest and was used in case an accident occurred.


The blowing horn used to announce an emergency.

We had some time to find for any valuable stones we would like to have in a trough that was filled with pebbles and important minerals too. Some people found valuable stones like gold and others did not. We had some time to learn how to reuse mines. The mines are closed and made into other important place like an animal sanctuary. Others are converted to museums for people to study. Different people had also filmed their movies there too.img_9627

This film actor staged a movie here.

Apparently, no one would ever open a business that has no income. Copper is not renewable and therefore, after mining it for many years, it came to exhaustion. This brought to an end of the Britannia copper mines. The mines were then made into a museum where people go and learn how copper was mined. While we boarded back our buses to school in the evening, we were so happy about the mines.



I would like to thank the principal of Kilmer  elementary school, Mr. Corbould, for letting us join the students for the field trip. Thanks too to all teachers who accompanied us, parents and all the staff members who work at the mines.



There is a certain riddle I am fond of asking people whenever they want a challenge. ” What goes up and never comes down?” Definitely, most people tend to think of a solid, or a particle and they eventually end up giving anything that can be seen, felt or touched as the answer. However, the correct answer to this riddle is age. It keeps rising and never falling. A birthday is one of the most important days in anyone’s calendar since it marks an increase in age of any person.

In Kenya, not all people get a chance to celebrate their birthday as they would wish. For instance, one cannot leave school just to go and celebrate his/her birthday. Some birthdays eventually end up being uncelebrated. Some families invite so many friends and relatives and buy many presents for their kids depending on the money they can afford. Some forget about their birthday. Luckily, a got to learn about how some people in Canada celebrate their birthdays.

We happened to attend Payton’s birthday, one of the girls I have been staying with in my homestay family. The birthday party was so important that her mum organized it downtown Vancouver. Payton invited some of her friends to the party and they were to meet at her house and later head down to a hotel in the city. All of them were her classmates. Luckily, it was on a Friday evening and this gave us a chance to prepare well for we were to spend the night. We packed all the personal effects we needed and left late in the evening. Some of us drove in her mum’s car while others drove in her dads car. img_1390

We arrived downtown late in the evening. We got out our belongings and headed to check in the rooms Payton’s mum had booked. Denis and I were lucky to be the only boys and so we were given a separate bedroom alone from the other girls who had to share the beds. After settling down for some minutes, the time had come for everyone to get ‘fancy’. All girls  dressed up in dresses. It was time to get down to the restaurant and eat dinner. We all got into the two trucks and headed down to a restaurant.

Dinner was taken in huge satisfactory amounts. Since Denis and I were not much familiar with the foods, we selected them on the basis of their names. If a name of a certain food sounded sweet, then, we assumed that even the food was yummy. Eventually I selected seafood (with prawns) that had pasta and fries added to them while Denis chose Teriyaki rice with chicken wings. On the side if drinks, I had orange crush which is my favourite pop. Everyone was excited to have a chance to select whichever type of food they liked. We also lit a small candle like lamp that lit up like fireworks and sang a birthday song to Payton. After dinner, we had a walk to the ocean which was right beside the restaurant. We took photos and joined some other people at the ocean in singing and dancing. Later in the night, we headed down to the hotel for the night.

Back at the hotel, we took our bathing suit and headed down into the swimming pool. Girls preferred to sit and feel the warmth of the hot water while the guys, (Denis and I) decided to swim in the pool. We stayed in the pool until late in the night when it had to be closed down. We then had some time to present our birthday gifts to Payton. Everyone gave her different presents, some were edible and others were not. Denis and I gave her Kenyan made gifts which we bought from Maple Creek middle school during the PA-MOJA fundraiser. She really appreciated all of them. Before going to sleep, we did a Canadian dance and also taught them a Kenyan dance. We were all tired by the time we retired to sleep.

In the morning, we all slept in just like any other weekend. The girls went to the pool while we went to the gym. Personally I like getting a build up body and protruding muscles on the chest and biceps. I therefore ended up lifting up weights and doing push-ups. It was much fun to be in the gym. Kenyan boys likes comparing the size of muscles on their hands and chest as well. They end up making holes on two stones which they hang at the edge of a strong piece of stick or metal of any convenient length. They then lift the stones as weights on the stick or the metal.

We went home later during that day. We were all joyous and tired too. It was a very different experience of a birthday party than I have ever seen before.

I wish to thank all invited friends who showed up and hang out with us for the party. Thanks too to the family for paying the hotel’s cost and dinner for all of us. It was just amazing.